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Polokwane mayor abuses power - union

2011-04-13 19:41

Johannesburg - Polokwane Mayor Freddy Greaver is abusing his political power, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) in Limpopo said on Wednesday.

Greaver had abused his political power by "unnecessarily" halting municipal services last week to call all employees to the Jack Botes Hall to explain and justify why workers were suspended, Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema said in a statement.

"We view this as an abuse of political power; this act was nothing more than a propaganda stint to gain support for the unprocedural suspension of workers.

"This conduct can be seen as an attempt to instil fear in workers and divide the union's membership," Sema said.

"The union understands and respects the collective agreement on disciplinary procedure and will not allow any politician to execute administrative responsibilities."

Greaver's justification of municipal managers breaking into Samwu members offices' was confirmation that the "worst is yet to come".

Samwu has called on the ANC to intervene.

"It has now become difficult to vote or support the mayor as an ANC candidate, as he does not take the union and its members seriously," Sema said.

Comments
  • Judgmental - 2011-04-13 20:29

    So what's new? every ANC member can't even sleep straight in their beds. Born thieves

  • Macho Mike - 2011-04-13 20:59

    Hau, i do not fink it is just the Polokwane mayor that abuses power. Da ANC she leads da way.............

  • thinker - 2011-04-14 00:06

    Jobug, pikitup, Polokwane and the list goes on...yet you fight so hard against the DA where there is no corruption or abuse of power. Makes you think.

      paulf - 2011-04-14 09:59

      if you look back a few years, Zuma was being tried for corruption. Zuma made all the plans he could by getting off the hook as he wanted to become the President of SA by hook or by crook. Disbanning the Scorpions is a simple example. Since Zuma has been in Power, all his buddies are placed in high positions and they are all corrupt.

  • nico.prinsloo - 2011-04-14 09:08

    We knew the unions would target him as soon as he tried to take the governing of the city back to management.

  • nico.prinsloo - 2011-04-14 09:08

    We knew the unions would target him as soon as he tried to take the governing of the city back to management.

  • Bad1hq - 2011-04-14 10:04

    The unions are just trying to show that they've got the power, not government or municipalities. Unfortunately there are far more concerning issues in the area which people seem to be scared to talk about, or it's just swept under the carpet by the councillers. But who cares about the people of Limpopo anyways, it's "dark" Afrika up there... all that it's good for is expensive parties for the ANC Elite while the people starve...

  • Eric West - 2011-04-14 11:20

    You can stay as you are for the rest of your life - or you can change to DA!

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