Umngeni: Samwu calls on dept to act

2010-04-02 00:00

THE SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in uMngeni Municipality has called on the provincial Co-operative Governance Department to take tougher action against the management in the council.

In a statement released yesterday, secretary of Samwu in uMngeni, Thandazile Shelembe, said the union condemns the suspension of municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi alone, while three other senior officials implicated in reports of poor financial management and maladministration are still at work.

Vilakazi was suspended more than three months ago on full pay.

According to uMngeni Mayor Edward Dladla, Vilakazi’s suspension resulted from a political intervention into the affairs of the council.

The municipality is currently under a section 136 intervention instituted by KZN Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube and the KZN Treasury Department. A task team has been deployed to assist with the municipality’s financial management.

In a statement released yesterday, Finance MEC Ina Cronje said that based on various reports and information received, it was apparent that the municipality is in a financial crisis.

The intervention started on February 16. “After consultation between Dube, council leadership and stakeholders such as ratepayers, a decision was taken to send a financial support team to assist them [council] to turn around their financial situation,” said Cronje.

She said that the team will continue with their assistance until the municipality’s finances are in order.

Samwu told The Witness yesterday that they faxed their concerns to Dube’s office yesterday and that on Tuesday they will hand-deliver a copy of their concerns.

Shelembe said they strongly condemn what they term the exclusion of labour in the development and the implementation of the turnaround plan for the uMngeni council.

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