‘Dead men working” upsets lot

2015-08-06 06:01
Philippi residents protested against an alleged “corruption” at local Community Work Programme (CWP), on Monday.

Mbongiseni Maseko

Philippi residents protested against an alleged “corruption” at local Community Work Programme (CWP), on Monday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Philippi resident who were unhappy with alleged corruption protested in front of the offices of Community Work Programme (CWP) on Monday.

The group , in Philippi.

The residents accused the site manager of nepotism and of having employed “dead” people in the programme.

They further claim that some of them had been sidelined from the projedct since 2013, notwithstanding the fact that they have met all the requirements necessary to be part of the project.

The residents claim they were only given cards akinowledging this.

The CWP is a government programme aimed at tackling poverty and unemployment.

It provides an employment safety net by giving participants a minimum number of regular days of work, typically two days a week or eight days a month, thus providing a predictable income stream.

The workers in the area are expected to undertake cleaning schools and also help in ensuring safety in the community.

They work for at least three days a month.

Luvuyo Memba, CWP coordinator in the area, said they have evidence that about 90 people in a list of about 500 employed in the area are not part of the community, but they are on the payroll.

“We want him removed, because he is corrupt.

He gets a share of the money that people did not work for.

You must be known to be employed here,” Memba said.

A resident who asked to remain anonymous, said her sister was fired for no reason after working in the programme for about a month.

“We asked him (official) why she was fired, but he could not give reasons.

He then asked her to take a share of the stipend without working. My sister would get paid and ask me to give him the share when I come to work.

This went on for a number of months. She stopped getting paid a month after I refused to continue giving him his share,” she said.

Another, a 46 year old woman, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said she has never received a pay advice slip ever since she started working on the programme.

“We have dead people on the payroll. We are here to fight the corruption.

This is a stipend from government and it is bad for someone to enrich himself with it,” the woman added.

Another resident, 39, who also asked to remain anonymous, said she has been waiting for the job since 2013.

“I was given the card after I paid the R20 for the employment card and paid R40 for ID photo, but I am still unemployed.

People who get hired are those who are known.

I appeared on the list of employed people, but I am still not getting a cent. I feel very bad,” she said.

Naym Daniels, provincial manager for Ddladhla Foundation, which was appointed to facilitate the WCP in the province, said the allegations were brought to the foundation’s attention about two weeks ago.

“I had a meeting with the official on Tuesday, where he told me about the allegations.

There is a protocol that needs to be followed once such allegations surface.

At the moment these are just allegations.

An internal investigation is taking place.

Disciplinary action will be taken against him if we found that the allegations are true,” Daniels said.

Daniels also said there is a meeting scheduled to take place on Friday which will be attended by all stakeholders

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