Strike: Traffic cops bar access to headquarters

2011-09-28 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality traffic officers continued their demonstration at their headquarters in Washington road, locking the main gates barring everyone from entering the office, yesterday.

Their main concern was alleged unfair labour practice by certain acting senior managers in the council. “We demand to see the administrator, Sibusiso Sithole, because we are tired of having to deal with these acting officials because they have failed to listen to our grievances,” said an officer who declined to be named.

Officers asked to see the administrator on Monday, but were instead attended to by acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko and acting deputy municipality manager Kwenza Khumalo, the officer said. Traffic officers are fed up with favouritism, nepotism and sexual favours performed by certain senior officials for women to be promoted to senior positions, he said.

“We want the administrator to understand that we have followed all the necessary procedures to air our grievances and this demonstration is a sign that we have exhausted all avenues.”

Sithole had refused to see them twice, he said.

Traffic officers were whistle-blowers on corruption within the council, he said, because they thought working conditions would improve under his administration. “We now want to know which side the administrator is on if he is not prepared to listen to us, because we know what is going on in this council,” said another traffic officer.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma could not be reached for comment.

thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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