The resignation of Newcastle mayor Makhosini Nkosi has shaken the KZN political establishment and left the province's anti-corruption drive devastated. Nkosi resigned in the face of death threats related to his work.
Makhosini Nkosi, mayor of Newcastle, has resigned from his position. The announcement has rocked the KwaZulu-Natal establishment and devastated the the anti-corruption drive.
Nkosi was well known for his work against corruption in the province . Unfortunately, the mayor tendered his resignation to ANC regional leaders as well as the Newcastle municipality on Monday.
Nkosi will be returning to the legal profession after recently being admitted to the Durban Bar.
The mayors concerns are not unfounded, with numerous political leaders murdered in recent times for fighting corruption.
One of his associates revealed that:
“It is clear that he [Nkosi] feared for his life because he had stepped on sensitive toes and nobody can blame him for resigning,”
The mayor recently told colleagues that he had received the threats following efforts to root out corruption in the northern KZN municipality.
Numerous top officials were implicated in tender-rigging exercises amounting to millions of rand.
The associate, who remains anonymous, said the mayor had complained to ANC leadership that he was not receiving sufficient support from the ruling party to put a stop corruption.
“In the end he felt it would be better to leave the municipality and save his life. He has a young family and he could not risk his life and their well-being for fighting a thankless war,”
A political analyst, Bheki Mngomezulu, said that Nkosi had clearly been pressurized to resign by those who were benefiting from the looting of public funding. Mngomezulu said:
“If we allow this situation to continue what message are we sending to the youth if people who are anti-corruption are blasted from the face of the earth. We are teaching them to buy into the corrupt practices,”
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