Former poo thrower Loyiso Nkohla has landed a cushy City of Cape Town job, for which he is not qualified.
Nkohla, who left the African National Congress for the Democratic Alliance just weeks before the municipal elections in August, is now the “executive support officer” to Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Ernest Sonnenberg.
The new job, which comes with an annual salary of over R700 000, sees the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement leader advising his former arch nemesis in improving services in poorer communities.
Last year, Sonnenberg referred to Ses’khona as “nothing more than desperate ANC thuggery in disguise”.
Now Nkohla will be writing Sonnenberg’s speeches and dealing with the media on behalf of the Mayco member.
The job requires a Degree in Public Administration, Political Science or Journalism, qualifications Nkohla does not have.
City spokeswoman, Priya Reddy, admits Nkohla’s appointment was a political one.
She added the job requires the qualifications listed above or “proven experience in a similar position”.
“As this is a political appointment, there is no advertising requirement. This was a pre-existing position. All political office bearers have support staff,” she says.
“All political appointments are made at the discretion of the office-bearer, with the political knowledge of the incumbent highly prioritised.”
The news did not go down well with leaders of Nkohla’s former party.
The ANC’s Dullah Omar Chairperson Xolani Sotashe took to Facebook to express his views.
“There is a new department in the City of Cape Town, Department of Kakiology,” he said.
“You don’t have to acquire academic qualifications. All you have to do is throw poo everywhere then you will be rewarded with a position that will cost taxpayers more than R700 000 per annum.”
Ses’khona leader, Andile Lili, has accused his former sidekick Nkohla of selling out.
“We knew he would be getting a position following the work he did for the Devil’s Alliance.”
“He is protecting the privileged and nothing will change for our people.”
Nkohla referred all queries to the City of Cape Town.