8 January 2013

South Africa: Municipal Workers Concerned By Slow Pace of Law Enforcement Agencies

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in Limpopo is worried about the slow pace with which law enforcement agencies are handling matters. This is after SAMWU had submitted evidence relating to malpractice in various municipalities in Limpopo.

Subsequent to the anti-corruption march we held last year, criminal cases were opened, case numbers were registered and an investigating officer was assigned to the matter but sadly the time frame which was given to us has not been adhered to. Some of the evidence we provided to law enforcement agencies does not need further investigation because it is conclusive.

We want law enforcement agencies to move with speed and bring those involved in corrupt activities at Local Government to book. The matters are straight forward; we don't expect further delays in arresting the culprits. If Government is serious about fighting corruption they should demonstrate it, you cannot delay the fight against corruption.

We are resisting the temptation to assume that it is only the Public Protector who takes the fight against corruption serious. We call upon the Hawks to brief us as to what informs the delay currently experienced in investigating corrupt elements in Local Government and why the unacceptable delays.

We want to see action being taken; we are often told that we need to help the Government fight corruption yet when we do that, Government fails to act. We have maintained that corruption is rife in municipalities and authorities seem to ignore that, we want action now.

Finally, SAMWU in the Limpopo Province would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Matric classes of 2012 for doing well in their matric examinations under difficult circumstances. We want to also thank our educators for their commitment and efforts in ensuring better results were achieved. Well done to our colleagues from the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), we trust that educators will continue to do good work.

For more information contact SAMWU’s Limpopo Provincial Secretary, Simon Mathe, on 071 458 4532.

Issued by;

Tahir Sema.

South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU

National Media and Publicity Officer

tahir.sema@samwu.org.za

Office: 011-492 2835.

Fax: 0866186479.

Cell: 0829403403.

www.samwu.org.za

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