Traffic cops blocked again

2011-09-08 00:00

TRAFFIC officers with the Msunduzi Municipality were fuming yesterday afternoon when they were allegedly denied an opportunity to see administrator Sibusiso Sithole to air their grievances about working conditions.

They had been promised a meeting with Sithole on Monday, but it was rescheduled for yesterday because he had a prior commitment to meet officials from the National Treasury.

Said a traffic officer who declined to be named, “We were blocked by the administrator’s personal assistant, Peddywell Baxter, and we were also blocked by the acting deputy municipal manager, Kwenza Khumalo, who swore at two women traffic officers.”

He said municipal security guards removed them from Sithole’s office.

The officers said that if they are denied the opportunity to see the administrator and the mayor, Chris Ndlela they will have no choice but to down tools.

The officer said they will only work in the mornings to help schoolchildren and motorists at crossings, and then they will stop work.

“If we fail to get a meeting with Sithole and Ndlela we are then going to ask for the intervention of the MEC for Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube,” he said.

The officers said the administrator had a meeting with the waste management and parks and recreation departments, which encouraged them to think he would give them an audience to air their grievances.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said the matter requires space for internal procedures to unfold without hindrance, especially because there are protocol issues that need to be observed.

“Calmness and patience are imperative because there are many issues that need the administrator’s attention, and under the circumstances they all seem urgent.

“The administrator communicated his unavailability and reasons for his unavailability for this meeting. I will not comment on any other allegations unless someone makes them directly so that there can be proper professional engagement in the quest for solutions,” said Zuma.




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