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newsSunday Tribune reports that Bongiwe Mnikathi was upbeat when she was appointed municipal manager at Richmond Municipality, but, more than a year later, she now fears for her life.  

Mnikathi claims she was told via SMS that she would be dead by Monday (today).  “My life has been turned into a nightmare.  Knowing Richmond for its violence, I cannot take this threat lightly,” she said.  The threat came via texts on her phone on Friday before last.  Her predecessor Sibusiso Sithole was gunned down in March last year.  “I never thought that I would ever do a countdown to the date of my death.  It’s been a painful week for me.  But I will stand strong,” she said.  Mnikathi said she believed the threat stemmed from a R10-million tender which was advertised while she was on suspension in August.  She was suspended over allegations that she spent R20,000 on alcohol, using the municipality’s credit card - a claim she has rejected and taken to court.  After returning from her suspension, Mnikathi questioned the authority of the person who signed off the tender to tar roads in ward 6 in Richmond.  Despite the threat, Mnikathi has been to work.  She has since beefed up her security detail, which she is paying from her own pocket.

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