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durbanSunday Tribune reports that the eThekwini Municipality has kowtowed to the strong-arm tactics of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) and awarded jobs to more than 80 people who claimed to have served the ANC’s armed wing.  

More than 100 MKMVA members stormed the Durban City Hall on Tuesday, demanding jobs.  Afterwards, Durban’s mayor, Zandile Gumede, allegedly issued a directive instructing the municipality’s HR department to award jobs to MKMVA members who had previously applied for employment.  City manager Sipho Nzuza confirmed on Friday that 15 MKMVA members would start working on Monday as full-time general assistants in the Department of Water and Sanitation, while another 36 would be allocated jobs from May in Roads and Stormwater Maintenance, and 30 in Parks and Recreation.  The names and credentials of those claiming to be MK veterans, who have now been given jobs in the city, have not been publicly disclosed by either the municipality or the MKMVA.  But, the decision is likely to spark an outcry among people who successfully applied for the same positions that are now being taken by the MKMVA members.  Some applicants were told they had got the jobs and would be starting next month, but the HR department would now have to go back and tell them they will no longer be starting work because their positions have been taken by MK people.  “This whole thing is a mess.  People who were supposed to start work have a right to even take the municipality to court over the issue,” said a source.

  • Read this report by Siphelele Buthelezi and Siboniso Mngadi in full at Sunday Tribune

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