Reservists protest over jobs for ANC

2011-08-12 00:00

RESERVISTS from the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) protection services embarked on an illegal strike on Thursday last week to block the alleged deployment of four ANC members employed by the protection services department.

The appointments came as a surprise to long-serving reservists because the posts were never advertised in the local media.

The disgruntled reservists demonstrated to force the ANC and the municipality to recall the deployment.

An informed source, who appealed for anonymity, confessed to being an ANC member, but stated that it is unfair for job-seekers and reservists who are always on call to assist not to be given an opportunity to apply for the four permanent posts.

“Allegations are that they were deployed from the ANC regional office because they support the current regional secretary [Wandile Mkhize] to retain his seat at the build-up to the regional conference at the end of this month,” the source said.

HCM South African Municipal Workers’ Union chairperson Njabulo Hlophe confirmed the reservists had held a demonstration.

He alleged that Mkhize brings people in whenever the ANC conferences approach. He said the municipal manager, Sbu Mkhize, has promised to investigate the matter.

Councillor Wandile Mkhize, who is the HCM ANC caucus leader, denied that any ANC members have been deployed to work in the municipality.

“Firstly I am a councillor and councillors do not employ staff in terms of the Systems Act. For the record, no one has been employed there and no jobs have been advertised.”

Mkhize accused the media of being used by certain individuals for their own agendas as they build up to the regional conference.

“We are going to the conference. People will use media to confuse by purging others and using Wandile’s name,” he said.

“Being a reservist does not give you the right to be employed, but it works to your advantage as someone with paramilitary training when you apply for a job in protection services.”

ANC regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi dismissed allegations that the party has deployed the four workers. “We do not employ staff. We only give our views when the directors or municipal managers are being employed. That allegation is untrue.”

HCM spokesperson Simon Soboyisa confirmed that the four ANC members were temporarily employed in the protection services department to assist in addressing the filing backlog. “However, it is not yet clear as to how their recruitment was done, hence the decision to suspend their temporary employment so as to be able to establish all the facts.”

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