Samwu stalling municipal act - DA

2012-10-23 22:38

Cape Town - The SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) is delaying a law governing the appointment of senior municipal officials, the DA said on Tuesday.

Deadlines for regulations, which were meant to give effect to the Municipal Systems Act, had been pushed back twice this year, Democratic Alliance MP John Steenhuisen said in a statement.

"A briefing by the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs to the parliamentary portfolio committee today revealed that negotiations with Samwu are delaying the implementation of legislation aimed at regulating the appointment of senior municipal officials."

Samwu was objecting to the constitutionality of the act, which gives Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi the power to set aside decisions made in the bargaining chamber.

The act was meant to bar municipal officials from holding senior positions in political parties.

It also set strict requirements in terms of skills, education and experience for municipal managers and other senior officials.

"The act was assented to by President Zuma on 5 July 2011, but the process of finalising the regulations is proving hugely problematic," said Steenhuisen.

He said the lack of implementing regulations resulted in governance in municipalities being compromised by endless negotiations to please the union.

"The department should not allow Samwu to hold clean and effective service delivery hostage any longer," he said.

  • Danie - 2012-10-24 03:47

    Lets be happy, more poor ANC voters will suffer, and hopefully eventually see some light

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-24 06:00

      Vote for an independant Western cape. Up For Yes, Down to continue this bull.

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-10-24 06:47

    Do these words "The department should not allow Samwu to hold clean and effective service delivery hostage any longer," he said" signal that government has at last woken up to the indisputable fact that their strong arm movements, Unions, are now a danger to them. The fact is that this bit of legislation only deals with one sphere of government and not all three. Now one cannot be blamed for being suspicious of this fact. Could it be that the ruling Junta have realised that they will lose power at local government level because the DA run municipalities consistently produce a fat better level of service for it's voters and taxpayers?

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-24 08:55

    These appointments should not be made from government or political parties. The people from the town, city, areas etc themselves should set up a committee to handle these appointments, from interviews right the way through. This is the only way those appointed will be held to accountable and get axed if needed.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-24 09:33

      @sxp. A very good point you have there. The last few (Non)service delivery protests have revealed the demand for the "axing" of the Municipal Manager or someone in a similar position. They are the people on the ground -- if you like -- and are suffering the worst of all.

  • andremandela.julias - 2012-10-24 10:38

    Shame, struggling is all the comrades know.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-24 10:43

    So once again the unions are calling the tune, and the delay is all in the cause of Jake's second term. Do we really have a meaningful govt?

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