Appointment of Knysna manager annulled


The Western Cape High Court has annulled the appointment of Phineas Ombali Sebola as municipal manager of Knysna.

The Democratic Alliance took legal action after Sebola’s appointment due to his “lack of proper qualifications and absolute unfitness for the role”, says Dion George, the DA’s shadow finance minister.

“His tenure as the municipal manager for Modimolle-Mookgophong (Nylstroom-Naboomspruit) led to that municipality’s bankruptcy. He fled before he could face legal consequences and reappeared in Knysna.”

George says Sebola’s performance in Knysna was absolutely inadequate. “This has exacerbated the crises in water supply, finance, garbage disposal and sewage management. The current coalition of corruption, which consists of the ANC/EFF/PA, bears the responsibility for appointing such an unsuitable individual.”

Sebola’s recent lack of respect towards a public representative highlights his contempt for the people of Knysna, adds George.

Sebola came under fire when he cursed a council member with the F-word during a special council meeting on 3 May this year.

“The DA welcomes his immediate dismissal, which is effective from today. We oppose any attempt by the dysfunctional Knysna government to re-appoint Sebola in any capacity, including the office of acting municipal manager, as currently proposed. We will act quickly to prevent any circumvention of the ruling by the coalition of corruption.”