Temporary municipal workers fed up with alleged political interference

2016-03-03 15:02
Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday. (Kailene Pillay)

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Pietermaritzburg - More than 150 temporary ­municipal workers gathered outside the city hall on Wednesday in an attempt to hand over another memorandum to Mayor Chris Ndlela.

The group was however quickly dispersed as police from numerous units, municipal security and traffic officers were already on the scene.

Speaking on condition of ­anonymity, a worker said they were “tired” of ANC regional heads ­interfering in municipal decisions.

“The MM [Mxolisi Nkosi] was ­going to employ us permanently from March 1 but we saw that ­nothing was happening. The ANC got involved and put a stop to ­everything,” said the worker.

However, acting spokesperson for the municipality Nqobile Madonda responded to the claim, saying ­employment of staff does not rest on an individual or political party.

The worker said those who had gathered at City Hall had done so to show their solidarity with Nkosi after calls for him to be suspended arose last week.

The move to suspend Nkosi was built on a notice by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube that her department wanted to suspend him for “non-performance and ­maladministration”.

The temporary workers said they were “shocked and worried” about the state of Msunduzi.

“Now even the police are entertaining ANC politics,” said another worker, alleging that the police were working under ANC instructions.

“We are still demanding that Msunduzi, led by ANC, convert ­temporary workers to permanent. We are also calling for the MM [Nkosi] to come back,” said the worker.

He added that the group decided they would not register to vote in the upcoming municipal elections.

“What worries us is that they need our votes but they continue to exploit the innocent citizens,” he said.

Madonda said staff had been asked to disperse as their gathering was ­illegal. She said council had approved policies, systems and procedures in place for hiring employees and there are due processes to be followed.

“Workers are encouraged to use the correct channels available at their disposal to voice their concerns and also constructively engage council through the various structures or bodies within the municipality,” ­concluded Madonda.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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