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joburgcitySowetanLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) administration in the City of Johannesburg wants to know if its prospective employees hold any political office.  

This is stated in a new job application form for the city, which compels applicants to disclose political positions - permanent or temporary.  The DA said the intention was to ensure that there was a clear divide between party and state, and that those who hold senior positions in the city's administration are appointed due to their professional qualifications rather than loyalty or seniority in any political party.  The move has been met with outrage by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), whose regional secretary Bafana Zungu said the question was abnormal and that such a requirement was unheard of.  However, Mayor Herman Mashaba's spokesman defended the move, saying the question was about preventing cadre deployment and was in line with the Municipal Systems Act.  "It asks you whether you hold political office, not what party do you support,” he pointed out.  The DA added in a statement last night that the question was introduced in 2014 under the previous administration, but this could not be recalled by former city manager Trevor Fowler.

  • Read this report by Isaac Mahlangu and Loyiso Sidimba in full at SowetanLive

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