Loyisa Nkohla’s cosy new job at the City of Cape Town is on the line after DA leader Mmusi Maimane rejected him, one month after he was appointed.
The former poo thrower was hired as the Executive Support Officer for mayoral committee member for utilities, Ernest Sonnenberg, and started on September 1.
But Maimane was apparently “shocked” when he heard about Nkohla’s new job and ordered that his contract not be renewed when the City’s mayoral committee gets a shake-up in January.
Nkohla’s job, which comes with a R700 000 salary, requires a Degree in Public Administration, Political Science or Journalism – qualifications that he does not have.
City spokesperson Priya Reddy told Daily Voice Nkohla was a political appointment, and it came after the former ANC member crossed the floor and campaigned for the Democratic Alliance ahead of the August 3 municipal elections.
DA spokesperson, Mabine Seabe, says Maimane met with Mayor Patricia de Lille last week to discuss Nkohla’s appointment.
“[Maimane’s concerns] were regarding the fact that Nkohla still has criminal matters against him as a result of throwing faeces,” Seabe says.
“It was a discussion with the Mayor that when Nkohla’s contract came to an end in December that it not be renewed. Maimane was exercising his right of oversight on any political appointments made by the party.”
De Lille’s spokesperson, Pierrinne Leukes, would only say that the mayor and Maimane were “currently working on a solution”.
Last week, Nkohla was also expelled from Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement, which he helped found, for aligning himself with the DA.
But yesterday, Ses’khona’s co-founder Andile Lili vowed to fight for Nkohla’s rights if he were to be fired by the DA.
“If they do remove him, we will take both Maimane and the DA to court. We cannot allow the Devil’s Alliance to deal with Loyiso like that because he is not white enough.”
Nkohla did not respond to media queries by last night.
Meanwhile, the future of JP Smith was not discussed at the DA’s federal executive meeting at the weekend as was expected.
Smith, the City’s Safety chief, is believed to be at risk of losing his job come January 2017 for “being too critical” of SAPS in the media.
The DA Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe, says: “The Mayor made it clear that the restructuring of the council was still undecided and still subject to public participation and that it was premature to bring it to the federal executive.”