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tshwane thumb100 Saturday Citizen reports that Tshwane municipal workers have given Tshwane City until month-end to get its house in order and put an end to the “constant collapse” of council meetings.  

Thousands of SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members brought the city to a standstill on Friday as they marched to Tshwane House to lodge their grievances.  The group sang for Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa and governance and support officer Lorette Tredoux to be ousted.  The workers said that under the Democratic Alliance the city had collapsed and there had not been sufficient service delivery.  They also expressed frustration at the recent stagnation in council meetings.  Samwu regional secretary Mpho Tladinyane said:  “We have had three mayors and four acting city managers over the last 40 months.  This creates instability in the administration and service delivery is affected.  Furthermore, there is political interference in the administration and, as the mayor rightfully said, the administration was politicised.”  He indicated that Tshwane had until the end of February to ensure politicians stopped interfering with the city’s administration and added:  “If this is not resolved by end of the month, we will then take over.  This is our municipality and our workplace.”  ANC leaders joined the march in solidarity, but Tladinyane scolded them for participating in the collapse of the council.  Other union demands included the reinstatement of staff who have been suspended for more than two years, the insourcing of services, adequate security at municipal buildings and for danger allowances for staff working in harmful environments.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Rorisang Kgosana on page 6 of Saturday Citizen of 8 February 2020

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