The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is cracking the whip in Mpumalanga municipalities where municipal staff members were irregularly transferred to higher-paying positions.
Samwu provincial secretary Kgokedi Mphahlele said there was a trend in almost all Mpumalanga municipalities of officials being transferred to higher posts without them being advertised.
“We have managed to reverse [the appointment of] four municipal officials in the Steve Tshwete local municipality who were transferred to high and lucrative positions which were not advertised. The officials had also not applied for the posts,” said Mphahlele.
He said the four officials included two drivers, a personal assistant and a secretary.
Mphahlele said the four, who are Samwu members, agreed to go back to their former posts.
He said Samwu was now focusing on other municipalities, including Thembisile Hani in Kwaggafontein, Nkomazi in Malalane, Mbombela and Bushbuckridge, adding that the union had raised the matter with Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Madala Masuku and some ANC structures.
“We are awaiting their response,” said Mphahlele.
He warned that Samwu would insist on legal action being taken where necessary, as corruption had gotten to a point where whistleblowers were being threatened.
“We have also learnt that municipal managers are afraid to report these illegal acts because they believe they might lose their jobs as the people behind this claim to be politically connected in the province,” said Mphahlele.
ANC provincial spokesperson Paul Mbenyane was not aware of Samwu’s allegations and referred questions to Masuku’s office.
“An issue of this nature should be dealt with by the department, unless we are told to intervene,” said Mbenyane.
Masuku’s spokesperson, Simphiwe Kunene, could not be reached for comment.
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