Poo-throwing De Lille defender in new stink with DA
Loyiso Nkohla faces gross misconduct charges over 'personal attacks' on fellow employee
Controversial City of Cape Town official and former poo protester Loyiso Nkohla is in stinking water – again.
The former Ses’khona People’s Movement leader, whose “expanding influence within the city” was stressed by a report compiled by a commission headed by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen last year, is facing disciplinary action.
It seems Nkohla, infamous for poo protests in public buildings including Cape Town International Airport, had sanitised his remonstration strategy – but even that did not save him from trouble.
He has dismissed newly instituted disciplinary action against him as a DA ploy to get rid of him because of his support for Patricia de Lille, adding that the DA ordered the city to charge him, which he says is a clear disregard of the separation of powers.His Facebook attacks on Steenhuisen and other DA leaders in February are the cause of his troubles. The city has charged him with two counts of gross misconduct for breaching its social media policy. The second charge relates to messages that Nkohla allegedly sent to “fellow employee ... Ruby Gelderbloem” regarding the status of a planned mall, Ziba Mixed Mall, in one of the city’s subcouncils.
According to the charge sheet, Nkohla’s messages were intended to “personally attack and humiliate ... Gelderbloem”.In one of the Facebook posts, Nkohla accused Steenhuisen of compiling the report based on “hearsay and rumour mongering”. He also accuses Steenhuisen of “unlawfully” rejecting his application for DA membership. Nkohla also feistily defends embattled mayor Patricia de Lille.
“Mayor is not corrupt, you are desperate with your rogue group to get her out by hook or crook,” the post attached to the charge sheet reads.
“I know your plan that you are after me and I must guarantee you I’m ready for you my BOY I will fight you tooth and nail. Allow Mmusi (Maimane) to lead us. I don’t care whether you allow me to be a member or not, you will have to be stuck with me. Your desperation will cost the DA because your Elite and Click that is clever and want to use people and throw them in an embarrassing manner as you are trying to do to Patricia. Go and tell your Masters am ready for you and for them, touch her we will show you, you will regret it.”In another post, Nkohla asks Steenhuisen: “Who gave you the City’s information, because I am not a DA member and you don’t (have) a right to have my employment contract which is confidential and prove and I have never disclose it to any third party and how did you get it?”
This week, Nkohla accused DA national CEO Paul Boughey of ordering the city to charge him, disregarding the separation of powers. Nkohla said he was going nowhere since his contract is linked to the municipal term and not the mayor’s term.“The reason they are doing that is because they can’t recall me just like Patricia; my contract is intact until 2021,” said Nkohla.
“They are trying to intimidate me to keep quiet. What do political comments I make on Facebook got to do with what I am doing as a city official? Being a city official does not take away my right to participate in the political discourse.
“The city has hired an external lawyer to preside over my case to make sure that I am dealt with. The lawyer is billing almost R2,000 per an hour. The lawyer is taking about R15,000 if the (hearing) starts from the 9am to 4pm. Can you imagine if I brought more witnesses there, how long the (hearing) will take and how much will the city pay?”
DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s spokeswoman, Portia Adams, referred questions to the city. The city confirmed the disciplinary action.
“Given that proceedings have now formally commenced, any information regarding the material details thereof is now sub judice. In the interests of fairness, and in order that the integrity of the process is not compromised, the details of the case cannot be discussed,” the city said.
“Most fundamentally, this is to ensure that the official charged is afforded an impartial and objective hearing.”