IFP Disappointed by the Resignation of the
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal Manager

06 August July 2013    


The IFP expresses its grave disappointment at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for not being able to retain staff after the resignation of recently appointed municipal manager Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela.


IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith said, “It seems impossible for this municipality to retain competent staff.  With Dr Msengana-Ndlela’s appointment we hoped to see stability restored and proper governance of the Eastern Cape’s biggest metro. Clearly this cannot be accomplished when the municipality cannot even retain its managers.”


Smith continued, “It is regrettable that the residents are always the ones who ultimately suffer from this instability.”


“It is clear that the Eastern Cape Government has not sorted out political interference and bickering in the running of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Reports that the municipal manager complained about the executive mayor Nkosinathi Benson Fihla and deputy mayor Thando Ngcolomba of interfering in her job should be investigated,” Smith added.


“We urge the new Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lechesa Tsenoli to intervene in this ongoing crisis,” concluded Smith.


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr Peter Smith, 083 299 9687


Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus’ Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252