KZN news bites: eThekwini employees told to reject pension move

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal. 

eThekwini – The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) has asked its members to reject a secret move to have the Alex Forbes company removed as the administrator of the eThekwini municipality employees’ pension funds and replaced by a little-known BEE company based in Cape Town called Fairsure. The union says Fairsure is allegedly under investigation for maladministration in Msunduzi. In a message sent to its members, Imatu added that no checks of the company’s experience, qualifications and ability to manage such a huge portfolio have been done. 

Eshowe – The spokesperson for the members of the Zulu royal family backing Prince Simakade to take the throne from King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has joined the MK Party of former president Jacob Zuma. Prince Mandlakapheli Zulu from the royal house of Ngudwini near eShowe told Scrolla.Africa that he has joined the ANC splinter party. This was after he was seen walking a few steps behind Zuma in several photos. 

Pietermaritzburg – Rise Mzansi in the province has asked Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube and provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi to work together and formulate a special team to fight the water tanker mafias. The party’s leader in the province, Nonkululeko Hlongwane-Mkhongo, says recent reports about the mafias sabotaging water infrastructure are worrying and that action needs to be taken to stop them before they plunge the province into a worse crisis. 

Ulundi – The IFP-run Zululand district municipality has denied allegations that it is trying to write off millions in wasteful, irregular and unauthorised expenditures incurred in the past financial year. The municipality criticised the ANC in the region, saying it relied on a document with no legal standing in the council to peddle the allegations. The DA in the council also lambasted the ANC for peddling “lies” regarding the matter. This was after the ANC claimed that the DA aided the IFP in approving the write-off, yet no committee meeting occurred.

Durban – The National Construction Incubator in Durban has been plunged into darkness after eThekwini municipality cut its electricity on Tuesday morning. The municipality cut the power supply following an outstanding debt of R23,396 that has not been paid for months, despite reminders. The cut-off comes as the incubator is reportedly facing financial challenges which have seen its cleaners not come to work, leaving the site dirty. 

Pictured above: Imatu is against the proposed appointment of Fairsure. 

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