Ekurhuleni city manager Khaya Ngema resigned amid uncertainty about the future of Ekurhuleni Metro’s governance.
However, Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe denies the sudden move had anything to with the possible change in government, and instead cited reasons as being purely “professional interests”, Kempton Express reported.
Ngema, who has served the metro since 2009, announced his resignation on Wednesday afternoon.
His last day will be on August 31, as he is “currently assisting the city during this transition period”.
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After serving a full-term (2011-2016) and an additional two years, Ngema is set to pursue other professional interests.
“The City Manager felt it was time to move on after spending seven years in a robust environment of municipal governance. During this period, he led a team entrusted to turn around and stabilise the municipality,” Ekurhuleni head of communications and brand management Rego Mavimbela said.
Ngema’s resignation comes after the DA and Industrial Relations Association of South Africa (Irasa) were for a long time advocating for his departure from the city manager’s seat. The DA accused Ngema of, among other things, irregular expenditure of public money and his alleged illegal employment.
“The City of Ekurhuleni would like to express sincere gratitude to Ngema’s dedicated service to the city and its people and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” Gadebe said in a statement.
Ngema will be remembered for his leadership that saw, among other things, Ekurhuleni turning its tide on wasteful expenditure since 2011.
– Caxton News Service