City workers march

2009-10-16 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), have called on the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, to dismiss all senior managers at the council.

The workers marched to the provincial legislature yesterday where they handed over a memorandum of their grievances to Dube.

They told Dube they want her to remove senior council managers, whom they labelled corrupt thieves. They also complained about transformation, metro status, job evaluation, financial mismanagement, misuse of resources, procurement processes and factionalism in the municipality.

Samwu leader in the council, Themba Lions, said that the MEC must intervene in the municipality as the department did at the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

The workers alleged that the level four managerial band is in the hands of one race group.

Workers chanted that they are tired of lack of leadership from senior managers, adding that this is affecting service delivery.

“They [senior managers] hardly work more than 10 days per month and spend far less than four hours at work per day,” stated the memorandum.

“We would like to categorically state that the [municipality] is in a state where we have to conclude that it is dysfunctional, maladministered, corrupted as well as being looted,” said the memorandum.

They demanded that the outcomes of two forensic investigations conducted more than two years ago be made public.

The workers criticised the council’s decision to invest R240 million in a water meter reading project, which proved to be a dud in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, saying that it was illegally rolled out and will rob workers of their jobs.

They said some of the resources they use to deliver services, such as vehicles and other equipment, were made deliberately redundant so that the municipality could opt for privatisation.

Following the reports that the Msunduzi metro status may not materialise by 2011, the workers said that they demand that the MEC gazette the change of status to that of a metro, following the Municipal Demarcation Board’s recommendation. They said metro status for the city will benefit the broader community, people at grassroots level and council employees.

The workers later told The Witness that if the decision on the status is not evaluated they will mobilise community members to march for the status change.

Dube was cagey about whether there is a possibility for Msunduzi to be a metro before the 2011 local government elections.

She was responding to questions regarding the metro at the legislature yesterday.

 

 

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