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joburgcityThe Citizen reports that a row has erupted between City of Johannesburg employees, most of them members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the DA-led administration, over an alleged unilateral decision to dock their salaries.  

Several employees, most of them lowly paid with an average gross salary of about R10,000, have spoken about their shock when their salary advice slips for the past three months showed deductions between R250 to R2,000 for outstanding water bills.  Samwu regional secretary for Joburg region, Bafana Zungu, confirmed that the members approached the union’s offices and requested an intervention, as the deductions were never thoroughly explained.  The city’s Luyanda Mfeka said:  “A total of 2,971 employees owes the City R50 million in excess of 90 days for municipal services, and they currently don’t have acknowledgement of debt to service the arrears.”  She claimed workers were given an opportunity to make arrangements.  Some insiders have suggested the City’s hasty decision to collect the R50 million was because the City’s books were currently not balancing.

  • Read this report by Gosebo Mathope in full at The Citizen


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