Cogta MEC urges Msunduzi to clean up its act — soon

2014-05-28 00:00

THE MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has urged Msunduzi to clean up its act as the city goes on show internationally this weekend with the Comrades Marathon.

The city is in a mess with waste removal employees belonging to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) engaged in a go-slow protest since last Friday.

The protest over salary adjustments means rubbish is not being collected and streets are not being cleaned.

Dube-Ncube yesterday urged Msunduzi Municipality to find a way to resolve the go-slow.

“The non-collection of refuse needs to be resolved as soon as possible within the capital city, as this could pose a serious health risk to residents,” she said.

She said the city was also receiving thousands of visitors this week, some coming to the Royal Show and others to take part in the Comrades Marathon. “These major events have huge economic benefits for the city and we therefore want to see the city putting its best foot forward,” said Dube-Ncube.

Meanwhile, the strike by uMngeni municipal workers, which resulted in damage to council buildings, is over.

The workers began going back to work on Monday after a court order was issued against them. The city’s communications manager Thando Mgaga said management had met yesterday and would meet again today to finalise how they would deal with the backlog of rubbish that littered the streets.

During the strike, the workers damaged the library and museum, and extensive damage was done to council buildings. Members of Samwu were demanding that wages be moved to the top notch in their grade — the same as was given to seven senior managers at the municipality.

Dube-Ncube welcomed the end of the strike but said those responsible for damage to government property should be punished. “While we welcome the fact that workers have gone back to work, we also call upon law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute individuals who have played a role in the destruction of public property during this strike. It is unacceptable that criminal elements infiltrate a strike by workers causing destruction of public property. This diverts valuable municipal resources from service delivery to poor communities.”

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