Traffic reservists, wardens accuse Msunduzi of nepotism and favouritism

2013-08-16 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality has yet again been accused of nepotism and favouritism.

This time the allegations have been made by concerned “traffic reservists and wardens”.

The Witness recently reported complaints of nepotism levelled against certain executive committee members who were accused of using their influence in council to benefit their families.

Representatives of the traffic reservists and wardens gave The Witness a list of grievances containing issues the traffic reservists were not happy about, following the recent appointments of traffic officers/wardens by the municipality.

They claimed to represent about 120 traffic reservists and complained that they were being overlooked for permanent positions by the Msunduzi traffic department, despite some of them having worked as volunteers for the municipality for between 10 and 20 years.

“Over the years, we have even upgraded our skills to prepare for the time when the municipality has vacant positions to employ us,” said a reservist, who wished to remain unnamed.

He said they were responsible for doing school patrols, ensuring the safety of pupils, securing accident sites and doing traffic patrols during peak hours where there is traffic congestion in places like Edendale and Northdale.

Another traffic reservist said when there were available positions, corruption became the order of the day, because their CVs were withheld and bribes were allegedly used to accept CVs.

They called for the KZN Legislature to investigate these allegations of corruption and nepotism of the entire process of appointing traffic officers/wardens.

However, Msunduzi municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma responded by saying that the municipal recruitment process does not provide for reservation of jobs for anyone. “It has to be a transparent legal process based on merit,” he said.

Zuma said people who do scholar patrols are welcome to apply for traffic warden jobs, like anyone else.

“But, like everybody else, there is no guarantee they would get the job,” he said.

On nepotism and corruption, Zuma said, “There is no law that forbids family members of councillors to apply for jobs in council, but again the principle of merit applies.”

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