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newsTimesLive reports that the Kopanong municipality in the Free State's Xhariep district suspended municipal manager Martin Khubeka on Friday.

The embattled council has failed to pay its employees for three months. The suspension was due to non-compliance with National Treasury protocols in supplying the required documentation for the council to receive its equitable share from the government, and it was this failure that resulted in employees not being paid. According to strike leader and assistant technical supervisor Khoza Magadela, who works with general workers at the municipality, some of the employees refused to work while they were owed their salaries. “The diesel account for our fleet has not been paid either, so even the few workers who are working can't provide service delivery. In all other units of Kopanong workers have downed tools until they get their salaries,” Magadela advised. The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) confirmed the strike. The union said workers have not been paid for three months and monies intended for third parties, such as medical aids, pension funds and funeral policies, were deducted from workers’ salaries but never paid over, resulting in policy lapses. Kopanong reportedly owes the employee pension fund close to R1m. In response to questions, mayor Xolani Tseletsele said the municipality had been rolling out wage payments over the past three weeks. Another payment had been expected to be made on 7 December, but “unfortunately we did not receive our equitable share from National Treasury".

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ruan Jooste at TimesLive

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