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Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) voice their grievances during a protest march on Friday (09/04). Representatives of Samwu, Leabile Sebego (regional secretary) and Lehlohonolo Chrisjan (shop steward, Botshabelo region), handed over a memorandum to Mzingisi Nkungwana (head of the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s Department of Social Services).Photo: Teboho Setena
Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) voice their grievances during a protest march on Friday (09/04). Representatives of Samwu, Leabile Sebego (regional secretary) and Lehlohonolo Chrisjan (shop steward, Botshabelo region), handed over a memorandum to Mzingisi Nkungwana (head of the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s Department of Social Services).Photo: Teboho Setena

The demand for sustainable employment was again voiced by members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) during a protest march on Friday (09/04).

According to the union, job creation is key to improving the municipality’s poor service delivery.

Uncollected waste line streets, with disgruntled residents continuing to dispose of refuse wher­ever they see fit.

In addition, sewage and fresh water stream down streets due to burst pipes and faulty infrastructure.

The municipality advertised 120 vacancies for general workers in February, but according to Leabile Sebego, regional secretary of the union, there was never any intent to appoint applicants. He cited nepotism as the reason.

The union demands that the chief executive officer of Centlec be reviewed, Adv. Tankiso Mea be removed as city manager and workers’ conditions be improved.

The union has not only called for Mea’s suspension, but expressed concern regarding the appointment of Moroka Attorneys as council’s consulting body in the investigation into Mea’s alleged misconduct.

“We are of the view that the appointment of Moroka Attorneys is intended to subvert the investigations,” the union stated.

“This law firm has been on the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s supplier database.”

The union accused Mea of allegedly contravening the collective labour agreement and stripping union members of their rights by not allowing them to convene.

Earlier this year the trade union declared a vote of no confidence in the municipality.

“Despite the appointment of an administration team more than a year ago, the problems in the municipality are esca­lating,” the union said.

Mzingisi Nkungwana, head of Mangaung’s Department of Social Services, received Samwu’s memorandum on behalf of the municipality and assured union members that their grievances will be attended to.

  • According to Mea, eight shop stewards will face a disciplinary hearing for organising an illegal march.
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