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Unions follow up on petition

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There is no case docket opened and there is no inquiry opened

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MEMBERS of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) visited the offices of the Public Protector and the Hawks yesterday to follow up on a petition that was handed over on November 8.

The petition calls for investigations into various projects and tenders that were awarded at Emthanjeni Local Municipality in the Northern Cape as well as claims of unfair labour practices.

The petition stated that no action was taken after R600 000 was reportedly stolen out of the municipal coffers in 2015.

Emthanjeni municipal manager Isak Fritz indicated that the mayor had received the memorandum that was handed over on November 8.

“The mayor is currently in the process of attending to all the issues raised in the memorandum. So, I am not in a position to respond on these issues now,” said Fritz.

Spokesperson for the Hawks, Captain Philani Nkwalase, confirmed that they had met with the parties concerned yesterday afternoon. “I cannot at this stage disclose the discussions. I can confirm that at this stage there is no case docket opened and there is no inquiry opened.”