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Task team to probe Pikitup

2011-04-08 14:17

Johannesburg - A task team has been appointed to probe waste management agency Pikitup, on allegations of corruption, nepotism and irregular tenders, which have resulted in a full blown strike by refuse workers, a City of Johannesburg spokesperson said on Friday.

City spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane told Sapa that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) presented city manager Mavela Dlamini with submissions on terms of reference on Monday.

A task team to investigate the allegations was then set up.

"We will not accept corruption," Modingoane said, adding that Pikitup management and its board welcomed the decision to have it probed.

Pikitup which is a council owned entity, has to be accounted for by the city manager, he said.

"He is the accounting officer for the city, he is informed...There have been discussions," he said on the strike.

Public protector

Samwu, representing about 2 000 disgruntled workers who embarked on strike action on Thursday, claim to have in its possession, documentation detailing these allegations, and have also threatened to approach the public protector, if its demands were not met.

"We will approach the public protector on matters of corruption, nepotism and irregular tenders should our disputes with Pikitup not be resolved," Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema said.

"We have given the city manager some reasonable time and space to make an intervention, and if that fails, we will approach the special investigations unit," he said.

His comments followed a meeting between Samwu, politicians and the Johannesburg city manager on Wednesday.

Striking workers demanded, among other things, that an internal investigation be commissioned into the alleged corruption and irregular tenders at the company.

Faulty tender


Pikitup's managing director must be suspended pending the investigation, they indicated. Sema claimed one "faulty tender" was worth R100m and given to an outside trucking company.

"The proper procedures were not followed. Service providers were not even given an opportunity to apply for the contract because the managing director instructed that it go to that [trucking] company," he said.

He said workers doing the same jobs were also not being equally paid.

Money was also being wasted on contract workers, who should be made permanent.

Samwu also said that certain managers and executives of Pikitup, the city’s official waste management service provider, were being intimidated for supporting the union's calls for a probe.

Workers have also rejected a proposal put together by the city as "it did not deal with their key demands". Pickets outside a number of Pikitup depots would still take place.

Pikitup spokesperson Pansy Oyedele said Pikitup was working to identify solutions to end the dispute.

Pikitup asked residents whose rubbish was not collected because of the strike to be patient, and to keep it inside their yards.

People with the capacity could take general waste to the landfill sites.

Comments
  • Airborne68 - 2011-04-08 14:35

    Trust Pikitup to Fukitup.

      Wernerkwane - 2011-04-08 15:15

      Aaah, an investigation... sound to me like more tax money down the toilet.

      BigMoose - 2011-04-08 15:15

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Devin Lester - 2011-04-08 14:35

    With the new Consumer Protection Act, would residents be within their rights to refuse payment of rates relating to Pikitup? Why pay R200 when no service has been rendered?

      TheEmperorWithanO - 2011-04-08 14:49

      contrary to afriforums belief spewing their garbage on 702 the other morning the consumer act does not apply to goevernment services fool... you will pay your rates and taxes each and every month or we will take your house got that.... ANC my vision your future

      Lwazi - 2011-04-08 14:49

      This is what puzzles me about SA, you're always expected to pay for services not rendered.

      Albo - 2011-04-08 14:51

      Apparenlty Goverment institutions are exempt from the act - I kid you not!!!

      50something - 2011-04-08 15:30

      Consumer protection Act or not, if I don't get the service, I will withold the appropriate amount from the next bill.

      Meanleader - 2011-04-19 08:49

      TheEmperorwithafool..This is set to change because this was another ANC fraud against the consumer . This is how the ANC wants to run things .... without accountability !!! This is why SA has gone to the hyenas ..... YOUR ANC YOUR FUTURE !

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-04-08 14:44

    Nothing unusual.

  • Johann - 2011-04-08 14:45

    So now what? Are they going back to work, or will they fark around for another 2 weeks???

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-04-08 14:46

    Im glad they are doing something about it....lets clean up the public sector and only leave people willing to work hard, smart and honestly.

      Albo - 2011-04-08 14:53

      And reward them if doing well and penalise them for bad work.

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-08 15:07

    They need " a task team" surely a good book-keeper should be able to sort it?

      Paul - 2011-04-08 15:21

      Too True... Well they gotta std 6 with woodwork heading up the youth league... a std 7 with accountancy SG should suffice. :-)

      50something - 2011-04-08 15:32

      As soon as you hear the word "task team", you should equate that to "we don't know what the hell we are doing, we need someone to clean up the mess"

  • BakkieB - 2011-04-08 15:07

    Damn all the charges sound just like the same thing the government should be investigated for.

  • Ammie - 2011-04-08 15:28

    Blah blah blah! Why only today!? It's not as if the employees only complained it this week?? "We will not accept corruption," ag asseblief!!!

      Meanleader - 2011-04-19 08:52

      I weird how some people think ... they won't accept corruption , but they vote for Zuma and his Hippo's ???? The mind boggles !!!!

  • 50something - 2011-04-08 15:36

    "Pikitup asked residents whose rubbish was not collected because of the strike to be patient ..." WTF. Same thing with Metrobus - commuters should be patient and arrange alternative transport for 5 weeks. They are there to deliver a service, surely these issues can be dealt with while Pikitup remains functional?

  • jowza - 2011-04-08 15:53

    are they going to dig up garbage?

  • Dougalan - 2011-04-08 17:12

    It seems to me that the people paying for South Africa to run are mostly NOT ANC supporters. For example only about 4% (yes, FOUR FRIKKIN PERCENT)of South Africans actually pay personal income tax, accounting for over 30% of budget income. Company tax accounts for another about 20%. Guess who pays most of this? And the same people - non-ANC supporters - also pay a hefty chunk of VAT. Personally, I'm getting sick and tired of paying a massive slice of my income to a totally useless and corrupt government. Why should we, when we still have to pay extra for services that aren't delivered?

  • thinker - 2011-04-08 23:13

    This is just to passify the union. anc needs them for voting and the union SG said they are finding it difficult to motivate their menbers to vate anc at the moment (talk on SAFM this morning)

      Meanleader - 2011-04-19 08:56

      Using threat psycology on the ANC .... Give us what we want , then we tell our Cadres to vote ANC .. Such basic human leverage ..... the only language these people understand ...... bribery and corruption and extrotion !!!!

  • dsdjs - 2011-04-09 07:27

    HOW BLOODY UNUSUAL.

  • Foxilass - 2011-04-19 08:49

    TALK, TALK, TALK! TASK TEAMS, INVESTIGATIONS AND THE LIKE AND YET ..... RATS - YES RATS ARE BUSY DESTROYING JOHANNESBURG? YOU PEOPLE ARE REALLY NOT WELL IN YOUR HEADS! GET A LIFE AND DO THE BLOODY JOB AT HAND AND .... BE GRATEFUL THAT YOU ALL HAVE JOBS - NO MATTER HOW MENIAL! YOU MAKE ME SICK!!

  • Foxilass - 2011-04-19 08:53

    TALK, TALK, TALK! TASK TEAMS, INVESTIGATIONS AND THE LIKE AND YET ..... RATS - YES RATS ARE BUSY DESTROYING JOHANNESBURG? YOU PEOPLE ARE REALLY NOT WELL IN YOUR HEADS! GET A LIFE AND DO THE BLOODY JOB AT HAND AND .... BE GRATEFUL THAT YOU ALL HAVE JOBS - NO MATTER HOW MENIAL! YOU MAKE ME SICK!! I TRIED PHONING TEN NUMBERS - 3 IN CAPE TOWN AND 7 IN PRETORIA TO FIND OUT FROM THE FANTASTIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT WHAT THEY ARE DOING ABOUT THIS. NEEDLESS TO SAY - THE PHONES SIMPLY RING. YUGH!!!

  • Rob Martin - 2013-07-27 03:05

    Do we get a credit to our Municipal account for non delivery cause the dirtbags couldn't pic up the dirtbags.

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