Provincial team: administrator must stay — union

2011-06-28 00:00

MEMBERS of the local South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) are calling for the continuation of administration by the provincial intervention team at Msunduzi Municipality, claiming that the municipality still needs to be under administration.

Their call stems from the news that administrator Sibusiso Sithole is expected to leave at the end of June as his term of office will be over by that time.

“Our call is not based on any individual …

“It is based on the fact that the municipality still needs to be administered to ensure that it is financially stable,” said local Samwu secretary Thulani Nzimande.

He said that is why the union wrote a letter to labour federation Cosatu pleading for its support in ensuring that the municipality remains under administration until it is back on its feet.

The letter to Cosatu, which is in The Witness’s possession, states that according to Nzimande local Samwu members are of the view that the administration should continue since they do not believe that it is conducive for the administration to hand the municipality to the controversial leadership who steered Msunduzi into bankruptcy.

Nzimande said that they are aware that there is still a member of the provincial intervention team who was deployed by the MEC for Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, to rescue the municipality who is now alleged to be implicated in stealing money from the very municipality he was deployed to rescue.

“The member is alleged to be colluding with certain staff from supply chain management,” he said.

He declined to give The Witness the name of the task team member, but the name is known to the newspaper.

“We would like the MEC to extend the period of the administration and to suspend the implicated member and resume the investigation,” he said.

According to Nzimande the member in question wrote off millions of rands of unpaid electricity bills owed by various businesses.

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