Problem managers: Carrimis ‘fed up’

2009-11-19 00:00

POLITICAL appointees deployed to positions as municipal managers end up having to dance to the tune of the politicians who appointed them.

This is a problem that is being recognised by the national Ministry of Co-operative Governance, which is putting forward measures to solve the problem.

Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim spoke about the issue at the Institute of Local Government Managers’ annual conference yesterday.

Carrim said the government is concerned about the high turnover of senior municipal managers and suspensions of managers. He said that often senior managers are suspended for lengthy periods on pay, and municipalities are tardy in confirming the allegations.

“Proper procedures are not followed. Most municipalities do not have clear policies on how to manage suspensions and dismissals of senior managers. Many cases end up in court needlessly, with huge financial consequences for municipalities. Sometimes managers receive unjustifiably huge pay-outs. All of this is quite wrong. As national government, we are fed up. So too, indeed, is the public,” Carrim said.

In an attempt to address these problems, he said, his department will within the next 10 days gazette for public comment draft regulations on a disciplinary code and procedures for senior municipal managers.

Other changes he proposed include amending the Municipal Systems Act to allow the minister to regulate the performance of municipal managers and managers directly accountable to the municipal managers.

Carrim also voiced concern at what he described as the “mutually destructive relationship between the ANC regional executive committees — and to a lesser extent branch executive committees — and municipal structures.

“Power struggles within the party are translated to municipalities and serve to undermine good governance and service delivery in municipalities,” he said.

 

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