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NMB finally announces Johann Mettler's suspension, but cannot say why

Sep 28, 2018
NMB finally announces Johann Mettler's suspension, but cannot say why

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Friday afternoon finally issued a statement advising local residents, businesses and other stakeholders that on Thursday, Councillors took a decision to put the City Manager, Johann Mettler, on precautionary suspension.

"At this stage, the Municipality will not interact in public or through the media about the allegations that culminated in the suspension of the City Manager," explained Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications and Media Management Officer, Mthubanzi Mniki.

"This issue in still at a sensitive stage.

"The Municipality also wishes to maintain employer-employee confidentiality regarding this matter."

Mniki said that current Executive Director for Human Settlements, Nolwandle Gqiba, has been appointed as the Acting City Manager.

Among her previous roles, Gqiba once served as the Municipal Manager at Enoch Mgijima Municipality, which she left to join the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

"The media and the public will be kept abreast of relevant developments in the matter," Mniki said.

'Mettler was an obstacle to looting'

The Metro's statement comes after the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday described the placing of Mettler on precautionary suspension as a huge blow for governance in the Bay, as the suspension was only motivated by an alleged vendetta that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, has against Mettler.

According to DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga, Mettler's suspension was the climax of a vendetta Bobani had with the City Manager after apparently failing to get Mettler to do what he wanted to do.

Bhanga said Mettler was now essentially an "obstacle to be removed."

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