City workers march

2009-10-16 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), have called on the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, to dismiss all senior managers at the council.

The workers marched to the provincial legislature yesterday where they handed over a memorandum of their grievances to Dube.

They told Dube they want her to remove senior council managers, whom they labelled corrupt thieves. They also complained about transformation, metro status, job evaluation, financial mismanagement, misuse of resources, procurement processes and factionalism in the municipality.

Samwu leader in the council, Themba Lions, said that the MEC must intervene in the municipality as the department did at the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

The workers alleged that the level four managerial band is in the hands of one race group.

Workers chanted that they are tired of lack of leadership from senior managers, adding that this is affecting service delivery.

“They [senior managers] hardly work more than 10 days per month and spend far less than four hours at work per day,” stated the memorandum.

“We would like to categorically state that the [municipality] is in a state where we have to conclude that it is dysfunctional, maladministered, corrupted as well as being looted,” said the memorandum.

They demanded that the outcomes of two forensic investigations conducted more than two years ago be made public.

The workers criticised the council’s decision to invest R240 million in a water meter reading project, which proved to be a dud in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, saying that it was illegally rolled out and will rob workers of their jobs.

They said some of the resources they use to deliver services, such as vehicles and other equipment, were made deliberately redundant so that the municipality could opt for privatisation.

Following the reports that the Msunduzi metro status may not materialise by 2011, the workers said that they demand that the MEC gazette the change of status to that of a metro, following the Municipal Demarcation Board’s recommendation. They said metro status for the city will benefit the broader community, people at grassroots level and council employees.

The workers later told The Witness that if the decision on the status is not evaluated they will mobilise community members to march for the status change.

Dube was cagey about whether there is a possibility for Msunduzi to be a metro before the 2011 local government elections.

She was responding to questions regarding the metro at the legislature yesterday.



Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.