DA: acting managers ineffective

2012-08-02 00:00

SEVENTEEN of KZN’s 61 municipalities have acting municipal managers while 19 — almost a third of the total number — have acting chief financial officers (CFOs).

Six are operating with both acting municipal managers and CFOs.

These figures were provided by the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomusa Dube, in response to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance in June.

The DA’s spokesperson for local government, George Mari, questioned the number of acting posts, saying they hampered service delivery and left no one who could be held accountable. Mari said having temporary leaders created uncertainty and resulted in a lack of continuity, higher margins for error, low morale and lower productivity. While in some municipalities there were valid reasons for appointing temporary staff, in others there were instances where acting staff had overstayed their welcome.

In KwaSani, the previous municipal manager died and a temporary manager was appointed while the post was being advertised.

In Mkhanyakude the CFO was on suspension pending the outcome of a forensic audit.

Mari said that despite the resignation of the Endumeni municipal manager in June 2010, the post had still not been filled. In Mpofana, the CFO resigned in October last year, while in Dannhauser the CFO left his post in December 2010.

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso accused the DA of misrepresenting the facts and taking matters out of context to score political points. Mabaso said the parliamentary question was asked a while back and the response to the DA showed that a number of the posts had been advertised.

Events had overtaken Mari’s statement this week about temporary staff, he added. Several posts had been filled or were in various stages of the appointment process.

Mabaso said municipal managers and CFOs were Section 57 employees, which meant they were employed on five-year contracts.

He said there would always be situations of contracts ending and the posts being temporary filled while the job was advertised.

The response received by the DA showed by June: • Municipalities without both municipal managers and CFOs were Abaqulusi, Phongolo, Maphumulo, Mfolozi, Jozini and Nongoma.

• Those with acting municipal managers were uThukela, KwaSani, Ingwe, Mlalazi, Mpofana, Hibiscus Coast, Mkhanyakude, Ilembe, Umngeni, Umzinyathi, Endumeni.

• Municipalities with acting CFOs were Imbabazane, Nkandla, Ugu, Umvoti, Ubuhlebezwe, Mkhambathini, Impendle, Umtshezi, Richmond, Mthonjaneni, Emnambithi, Sisonke and Dannhauser.

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