Party unhappy about job placements

2016-12-01 06:00

AN IFP councillor claims that the Ugu District Municipality has not followed the proper recruitment procedure when it came to filling two vacant posts.

Councillor Simphiwe Mthethwa said the political­ party did not support the decision to place former Ezinqolweni municipal manager, Mandla Mabhece, in the position of CEO for Ugu Development Agency without the post being advertised.

This comes after the amalgamation of the Ezinqolweni and Hibiscus Coast municipalities.

He said the same applies to a vacancy for a board member position for the agency, which he claims the municipality does not want to advertise.

“We have noted the corrupt and unethical decision the Ugu District Municipality intends to take by placing its own personnel in the vacant positions within the Ugu Development Agency,” said Mthethwa.

“The IFP didn’t support this decision at exco and stated that the post must be advertised and recruitment procedures must be followed,” he added.

He said the matter was taken to council, which agreed with the IFP that the CEO for the agency post needs to be advertised for the public benefit.

“A member of the agency board passed away and here again the exco and council resolved to replace the member without advertising the post.

We believe that all vacant posts need to be advertised and all procedures must be followed,” he said.

France Zama, spokesperson for Ugu District Municipality said appointments of board members and directors to the municipal entities remains the prerogative of the entity’s parent municipal council as duly empowered by the provisions of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000.

“The municipal council, after extensive consideration, resolved that considerations be made to the applications that were received for this position to determine if there was a suitable qualifying candidate for the position and should there be no suitable qualifying candidate among the received applications, the municipality would then advertise the vacancy accordingly,” said Zama.

“In taking this resolution the council was mindful of its legislative mandate and has duly discharged it accordingly in this matter,” he added.

Zama said there was nothing sinister in the council decision taken to appoint the former municipal manager of the dissolved Ezinqoleni municipality to the agency’s vacant CEO position.

He said it was carefully and decisively thought through considering that after the new municipal boundaries Hibiscus and Ezinqoleni municipality were dissolved where a new Ray Nkonyeni Municipality was established.

“As a responsible employer, the council deemed it appropriate to honour all employment contracts by ensuring that all available human resources were utilised accordingly.

“Therefore, suggestions that seek to vandalise the decisions of council in this regard are indeed mischievous and farfetched,” said Zama.

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