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CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that the City of Cape Town has disciplined 380 staff members and dismissed 115 of them for various transgressions in the past financial year.  

However, according to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), the City was quick to discipline and fire low-ranking members, but was not so harsh on managers and senior managers.  Samwu regional chairperson Mzoxolo Miselo indicated:  “We are concerned about the disciplinary processes mainly because what we have been noticing is that this process is different towards workers on lower levels, compared to seniors or managers.  And the transgressions that many of these workers are dismissed for are outrageous.  We had a case, for example, a few months ago where a woman was disciplined for not wearing her City of Cape Town T-shirt.”  Miselo’s comments were made after it was reported last week that the City has been scrambling to fill more than 3,000 vacancies.  The City’s spokesperson, Luthando Tyhalibongo, responded as follows:  “The City of Cape Town initiates disciplinary action in compliance with the Disciplinary Procedure Collective Agreement between the South African Local Government Association, Samwu and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union.  Disciplinary action is only taken where there is reasonable proof of failure to uphold the obligations in employment contracts.”  Tyhalibongo also noted that it was Samwu’s claim that the City dismissed more than 90% of staff who faced disciplinary action, but said the City had previously rejected that claim as factually incorrect.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Marvin Charles at Cape Argus

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