Now sack city’s managers — Samwu

2010-03-20 00:00

THE South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in the embattled Msunduzi Municipality has applauded interventions in the council that led to the booting out of the mayor and deputy and the rest of the executive committee (Exco), but has called for further action.

The union, affiliated to Cosatu, brought the city to its knees for two weeks by abandoning rubbish collection in its demand for the dissolution of Exco and the sacking of all senior managers.

Following the provincial ANC announcement that Exco has been recalled, the secretary of the branch executive committee in the Moses Mabhida region, Nokubonga Dinga, told Weekend Witness yesterday Samwu is now interested in action being taken against the municipality’s senior managers.

Union members said the crisis in the municipality is the result of poor financial management and maladministration.

Dinga said Samwu welcomes interventions by the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, in terms of the section 139 (b) and the ANC in sacking the Exco members.

“But now justice must be handed down on managers,” he added.

Dinga said the union also wants the workers to be involved in the turn­around of the municipality.

The union told Weekend Witness it has candidates to replace the sacked Exco members, but declined to name them, saying it will forward the names through the relevant channels.

The Samwu provincial chairman, John Dlamini, said they have candidates who are academically and politically qualified to replace Exco members.

The Democratic Alliance, which like the Inkatha Freedom Party welcomed the sacking of Exco, plans to nominate its council caucus leader, councillor Bill Lambert, for mayor. The DA whip in the council, Roger Ashe, said Lambert will not be impeded by factionalism and other well publicised problems that are prevalent at all levels within the ANC.




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