Bid to oust KZN top cop is 'not political'

18 July 2017 - 07:02
By Jeff Wicks
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The eThekwini Municipality has denied any political motives in a push to negotiate early retirement for embattled metro police head Eugene Nzama.

Nzama, who was appointed in 2002, has been at odds with city management and took his bosses to court earlier this year for usurping his powers.

A newspaper reported that Nzama's legal team was locked in talks with eThekwini Municipality administrators and could walk away with a R10-million package, given he still has six years left until he is due to retire.

Nzama had purportedly fallen out of favour with the city's new political administration.

eThekwini Municipality spokesman Tozi Mthethwa said any negotiations to draw Nzama into early retirement were not politically motivated.

"There is no political agenda. We do not use politics when dealing with administrative matters," she said.

"eThekwini Municipality does not discuss employee issues with a third party. In addition, the municipality has a code of conduct for officials and a disciplinary code."

Mthethwa moved to allay fears that the ructions within the metro police would affect service delivery.

"The municipality has an approved service-delivery plan which consists of plans that are delivered by various units."

In his court application in May, Nzama told of how he had been "rendered ineffectual" by former city manager S'bu Sithole and his acting replacement, Dumisile Nene.

Nzama has been embroiled in public disputes with the SA Municipal Workers Union over allegations that include maladministration, corruption, nepotism, favouritism and harassment of taxi drivers.