Vacancies document splits council

2013-04-25 00:00

THERE was a standoff between the ANC and the Democratic Alliance at the full council meeting yesterday over the council’s new staff organogram.

The DA’s Mergan Chetty had prepared a detailed document showing the discrepancies in the organogram, particularly in employee numbers and salaries that did not match up. Some ANC councillors protested as he went from page to page pointing out what he had found.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said the councillors should not be subjected to the torture of long speeches. There was a need to move on, adopt the organogram and the corrections could be done later.

The DA’s Roger Ashe would have none of that and called for a point of order. “When a councillor is exercising his oversight role, that is not subjecting someone to torture. He is doing his job, what the MEC for Local Government told us we had to do,” he said.

Ashe proposed that since they had waited a long time for the organogram, the process should be delayed for a month while the corrections were made.

Speaker Babu Baijoo asked the municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, for guidance.

Nkosi said the figures meant nothing and all councillors were being asked to vote on was the structure. This decision carried no financial implications, he said. He added that the figures in the report were based of the council’s old Patterson grading system, which was being replaced.

“The figures here are estimated … not real figures,” he said.

The DA asked for a five minute break to caucus on the issue. They returned and Ashe said that in view of the inaccuracies in the document, they felt it was irresponsible to approve the organogram. The best way forward was to have a workshop and correct it and bring it back to the next council meeting for approval.

The matter went to a vote. The DA voted against, IFP and the NFP abstained and the ANC councillors voted unanimously for the acceptance of the new organogram.

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