Opposition parties have expressed shock at the revelation that eThekwini city manager Sibusiso Sithole fears for his life and is under 24-hour armed guard.
The Sunday Tribune reported yesterday that Sithole thought he would be killed as he “investigates deeper and investigates everything” in the municipality.
Since taking over in February, he has suspended and disciplined several senior staff members.
He said his fears stemmed from the Manase report, which exposed high-ranking officials. Five officials are being disciplined, two have been suspended, two have had their contracts ended, and one has resigned.
Derek Naidoo’s (infrastructure and human settlements) and Bheki Cyril Mkhize’s contracts (safety and security) were not renewed. Krish Kumar, deputy city manager for the treasury, is under investigation. Former housing head Cogi Pather resigned.
DA caucus leader Tex Collins said: “if a man’s life is in danger, then he should protect himself. If Sithole feels he is being threatened, I will not stop him from getting guards.”
Collins said the Manase report was being used as a reason why the city was in crisis, but Sithole was refusing to release the full report.
“Sithole should just release the full report so things can be sorted out,” he said.