16 May 2018

South Africa: Samwu Demands Suspension of Vhembe District Municipal Manager

press release

In her address to the staff meeting on Monday Morning, the 14th May 2018, the Executive Mayor confirmed the incident, and committed her office to further establish the details of the incident, so that appropriate steps can be taken. What is not contested is that the Municipal Manager has mishandled the General Manager, who in turn, allegedly opened a criminal case against the MM, and the MM has already appeared in court on Friday, the 11th May 2018.

The insistence by the Executive Mayor to conduct further investigation in order to take appropriate steps is baffling, if not downright trivializing the rule of the law. The Municipal Manager has conducted an act of misconduct, by engaging in a criminal activity of assaulting his General Manager during working hours.

It is SAMWU contention that the conduct of the MM was so gross it warrants immediate suspension from work. The MM is the first employee of the Municipality and all officials of the municipality account to him. How does the Executive Mayor expect subordinates to operate with the MM who is prone to consistent verbal abuse to workers after the recent incident? Do we expect the GM: Technical Services to feel free in the presence of this violent MM? The entire workforce is under consistence threat of violence from the MM, but the Executive Mayor is of a different opinion.

SAMWU has obtained several confirmations from other officials of the constant verbal abuse and humiliations in the hands of the MM. Workers are called by names and are often subjected to all profanities that degrade their dignity. It has become his pastime to denigrate workers whenever he interacts with them.

It is in light of these unsavoury experiences that SAMWU has no option but to demand that the Municipal Manager should be placed on precautionary suspension without any further delay. The Executive Mayor and the Council have all the ammunitions to suspend the MM so that normalcy can return to VDM.

SAMWU demands the immediate suspension of Mr M.R Rambado and that rigorous process should be followed as metered to our leaders. The misguided iron fist conduct of Mr Rambado cannot be ignored any further without punitive consequences.

SAMWU intends to mobilize its members and other affiliates of COSATU to render the municipality ungovernable if immediate steps are not taken against Mr Rambado. Furthermore, SAMWU will be supporting the SACP Alpheus Malivha District march against VDM mismanagement and poor service delivery planned for later this month.

Corruption, mismanagement and corruption must come to an end at Vhembe District Municipality.

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