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Promotion row at municipality

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Employees at Phokwane Municipality are aggrieved that some workers were promoted, allegedly without following proper procedures, after the municipality was placed under administration last month.

EMPLOYEES at Phokwane Municipality are aggrieved that some workers were promoted, allegedly without following proper procedures, after the municipality was placed under administration last month.

They complained that the acting municipal manager, who they say was not supposed to be serving in this position, had apparently promoted four employees.

“The municipality was placed under administration, so the acting municipal manager has no authority to promote them. We do not know where the money will be sourced to fund their increased salaries, especially as the municipality is struggling to pay its debts.”

The workers also claimed that a group of councillors and other staff members were continuing to undermine the administrator who was appointed to implement the turnaround strategy at the municipality.

The spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Lerato Khunou, confirmed that a complaint was lodged with the administrator, Bamba Ndwadwe, regarding the alleged irregular promotion of some employees.

“The veracity of the allegation has not yet been tested. A formal meeting will be arranged with the acting municipal manager,” Khunou said yesterday.

She added that since the municipality was placed under administration, the MEC for Coghsta was the only authority authorised to promote staff.

“The power to promote staff is provided for in section 67 of the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 as amended. Through this legislation, power is assumed by the MEC as part of the provincial intervention. This power is now vested in the administrator and not the council, nor the acting municipal manager of any description.”

– Sandi Kwon Hoo