Council staff shocked by MK vets

Msunduzi Municipality staff had a frightening start to their week when members of the ANC’s uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) entered City Hall and ordered everyone to remain inside. Monday’s sit-in left staff members, including traffic officers, unsettled for about an hour while the MKMVA leaders were locked in a meeting with the mayor. The veterans were demanding jobs and tenders from the municipality and it took discussions lasting almost two hours. Eventually, one of the leaders ordered veterans to allow staff to leave City Hall.
Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo said he had been joined by Nelisiwe Ngcobo, the acting city manager, in discussions with MKMVA leadership including Mzo Kheswa, the current Moses Mabhida chairperson.
” When I arrived at the City Hall as I normally do at 7:45am there were some people at the entrance. When they demanded to hold talks with us, we went through with the process,” the mayor told Capital Newspapers.
He said they were sympathetic with veterans and would do everything possible to deal with their plight. He stressed, however, that everything would be done within the law. Veterans left City Hall after midday after learning that some of them were likely to get jobs in the municipality’s security division. There are 53 posts that will be filled and, according to Njilo, they will help in enforcing city by-laws including dealing with land invasions.

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Capital Media Reporter

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