Mzimkhulu: March against graft

2010-07-23 00:00

SERVICE delivery came to a halt at Mzimkhulu Municipality yesterday when more than 100 workers took part in a protest aimed at ousting its senior managers, whom they accuse of corruption.

The workers allegedly blocked the municipality’s main entrance and prevented residents from gaining access to the municipal offices. They threatened to continue with the strike until their demands are met.

The strike follows media reports that municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba authorised illegal loans amounting to R200 000 to senior managers early this year. The managers have since returned the money.

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) secretary in Mzimkhulu, Luyanda Shonaphi, said all 110 municipal workers did not work yesterday.

“Workers want the municipal manager and all those who got the loans to be suspended and to be investigated …” said Shonaphi.

He said the union approached the office of the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, yesterday to ask her to intervene.

“Her office promised that it was handling the matter. But we do not understand what is difficult for them about writing a letter informing all these people that they have been suspended,” said Shonaphi.

“Tomorrow we will be marching, and if our demands are not met we will go on a permanent strike.”

An Inkatha Freedom party councillor in the municipality, Mfundo Dzanibe, said the workers also want the municipality’s human resource manager to be fired.

Mapholoba said the strike was provoked by the media reports on the issuing of loans, and that the matter has been made worse by political interference.

 

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