The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in Tshwane in its Regional Shop Steward Council which met last month, deliberated on a range of issues affecting workers in the Tshwane Metropolitan City Council. It was resolved that workers will embark on a Regional March tomorrow 8th February, against ongoing victimization directed at SAMWU members and issues relating to crime, fraud and corruption.
The Union also resolved to campaign against the restructuring of the Municiplaity currently underway, which is being implemented without proper consultation. We will campaign against this move as the intention of this restructuring is not clear, it seems as though it is meant to get rid of hard working people and replace them with cronies. The restructuring will have an adverse effect on the delivery of services.
The restructuring effort which can also be seen as an attack, was planned to get rid of SAMWU members, especially those workers who took a zero tolerance stance against crime, fraud and corruption at the Municipality.
Workers efforts to expose crime, fraud and corruption were responded to by death threats, dismissals, as well as suspensions in order to create a workplace environment full of fear and intimidation.
Issues that the Union has raised concern over;
Metro police corruption.
SIU Report detailing corruption.
Political interference in staffing matters and appointments
The incorrect appointment of the Chief of Police.
An internal investigation report revealed that there were irregularities committed by senior members of the Police, this warrants the suspension of the Chief of Police but this never happened.
The SIU Presidential Report investigation which was released in 2010 wherein it was discovered that amongst other things there was 90 Million Rand which was misused by the Chief of Police, to date nothing has been done, we believe by implication this warranted an immediate suspension, but he is still roaming around premises of the City Council.
We have recently noticed a new tendency manifesting in the Council, regarding labour relations, wherein the staffing policy is flouted by an MMC who is busy interfering with the administration of the Metro Police department when panel interviews are conducted.
Workers reported that other departments are experiencing similar kinds of interference by MMCs, when panel interviews are conducted; they are deliberately undermining the Municipal Systems Act.
Recently, we experienced a situation where an advertisement went out which required that applicants be in possession of grade 12 and a driver’s license to qualify. Later that week, Metro Police officials were informed that a driver’s license was not a requirement, at the instruction of one of the MMC’s.
Given the above, we can only assume that these MMCs are recruiting friends and promoting nepotism, hence their failure to discipline some officials in the Municipality.
City Manager’s Office
We are also aware of an irregular appointment in the City Manager’s office; the appointment of a seven (7) months pregnant woman without following the staffing policy, the woman was appointed as an assistant in his private office and paid R800, 000 per annum.
The Tshwane Metro Bus Service Forensic Report was compiled by KPMG sometime in 2010. We would like the names of those mentioned in the report to be released as a matter of urgency.
The investigation outcome of Bahula & Others must also be released by the management of the Municipality.
We call upon the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to address all the above mentioned issues within 14 days.