KZN news bites: Parks chief served with suspension notice 

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal.  

eThekwini – The metro’s parks and recreation department, one of the biggest and most crucial in the eThekwini municipality, has been thrown into fresh turmoil after its head, Dr Simphiwe Ndlovu, was today served with a notice of suspension. Ndlovu is accused of blowing ratepayers money to buy booze during an event in December. The department was already reeling after its top management wrote to city manager Musa Mbhele asking him to intervene following alleged ill-treatment by the community services committee chaired by councillor Zama Sokhabase of the ANC. The staff alleged that the committee treated them like toddlers during meetings and authorised vexatious investigations against them.  

Pietermaritzburg – The Midlands city has received global attention for its safety index ranking. The latest report by Visa Guide World has placed Pietermaritzburg among the least safe cities in the world. This alarming ranking aligns Pietermaritzburg with other unsafe South African cities, including Johannesburg and Pretoria.  

Newcastle – A community meeting for ward 28, convened by the speaker of Newcastle local municipality, Thengi Zulu, took a chaotic turn earlier today. The meeting was marred by unrest, leading to Zulu and his security team’s premature departure. The ward is currently embroiled in a leadership dispute. One faction of Team Sugar South Africa has claimed that Musa Thwala has been dismissed, prompting the municipality to declare a vacancy for by-elections. However, community members assert that Thwala remains their councillor, adding to the confusion and tension in the area.  

Port Shepstone – The south coast town of Port Shepstone came to a complete standstill for the better part of today. This was after taxi drivers and owners blocked all major roads to protest over operating permits. The strikers only allowed ambulances to move around.  

Inanda – The ANC stronghold of Inanda township, north of Durban, has become the latest area to be hit by a water outage. According to residents, the outage hit areas like Bhambayi, Amaoti, Matikw, and Ngoqokazi. The outage started last night, and residents say they have no idea when their water service will be restored. 

Pictured above: One of the biggest departments in eThekwini is facing leadership turmoil.

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