Bushbuckridge municipal workers want CFO suspended

2016-08-02 11:54


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Bushbuckridge – The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) wants the Bushbuckridge municipality’s chief financial officer (CFO) suspended over alleged incompetence.

"She is not fit to be entrusted with the public purse as she is not trustworthy," the Samwu said in a memorandum it handed to the municipality on Friday.

Samwu-affiliated workers staged a one-day strike on Friday.

The union alleged that CFO Cynthia Nkuna was responsible for delaying the payment of salaries to workers.

Depending on which bank they were using, employees got paid on different dates, causing problems with debit orders from their accounts.

"I missed bank payments for my car and housing loans," said one employee, who asked not to be named.

"I had other minor debit orders that did not go through. Do you have any idea how much interest a bank charges for a missed debit order? The CFO lives in Nelspruit and has enough money to pay all her debts, while we struggle here in Bushbuckridge."

Samwu's demands included closing the salary gap between management and ordinary workers, investigating allegedly irregular tender processes, advertising vacant posts internally first, and permanently appointing employees in acting positions.

The municipality’s communications director Zondi Mkhabela received and signed the memorandum

Municipal spokesperson Aubrey Mnisi said Nkuna would not respond to the matter herself as it involved the entire municipal management.

Management would discuss the demands and respond to the union, Mnisi said.

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