Is the writing on the wall for Ugu’s beleaguered DD Naidoo?

Ugu Municipal Manager DD Naidoo.

IF sources are to be believed, Ugu District Municipality’s manager, DD Naidoo’s days are numbered.

The South Coast Herald has been reliably informed that Mr Naidoo’s contract will not be renewed.

The source, who asked not to be named, said it was just a matter of time before he became history.

Numerous protests had been reported, where employees claimed the manager was not paying them for overtime worked. Others claimed they wanted their insurance money – the matter only being resolved after the intervention of the late mayor, Tolomane Mnyayiza.

Mr Naidoo was in the hot seat with the water crisis on the South Coast in the run-up to – and during –  the 2016 festive season. Some opposition parties and several organisations called for him to resign.

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According to insiders, names of those earmarked for the managerial position are already being gathered, but they could not divulge who they were.

“We cannot confirm the reasons which may lead to his contract not being renewed, despite his efforts in trying to stabilise the ailing financial state of the municipality,” said the Herald’s source.

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Another informant told the Herald that, since the council is still awaiting the appointment of a new mayor, it’s unclear if Mr Naidoo will be favoured.

“According to legislation in terms of the appointment of a municipal manager, the mayor is directly accountable in consultation with the selection panel.”

The insider further said, in this case, Mr Naidoo’s future was hanging in the balance.

Another source said: “All the managers’ contracts are expiring in August and the posts are about to be advertised. The advertisement of the vacancies should be made before contracts expire. If he wants to apply he can, but this time he must kiss this position goodbye.”

The latest controversy which could also be used to show Mr Naidoo the door involves a WhatsApp conversation, believed to be a hoax, purportedly between him and one of the technical HODs.

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Mr Naidoo strenuously denied that the screenshot conversation was from his cellphone and also the reports that his contract will not be renewed when it ends in August this year.


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