No cash for salaries

The crisis of struggling municipalities deepened this month as workers in the Free State and North West again did not receive their salaries on time.

29.7.2019

The crisis of struggling municipalities deepened this month as workers in the Free State and North West again did not receive their salaries on time.

Samwu threatens to go on strike as workers at three cash-strapped municipalities are not paid on time again because government grants were not received in July.

“Due to the non-compliance to the Municipal Finance Management Act the National Treasury withheld the funds. The municipality is in constant engagement with the Treasury to negotiate for the release of the equitable share [grant],” said municipal manager Kadimo Masekoane.

SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) secretary general Koena Ramatlou said the union was ready to go on strike after municipalities had continuously disappointed workers.

“In terms of the Constitution, the minister also has an obligation to intervene in a case like this,” said the party’s Leona Kleynhans.

“It’s the third month now that workers are receiving salaries late and it cannot happen that way,” said Vincent Diphoko, North West Samwu secretary-general.

The party said they have little confidence in the abilities of the administrators as many of them have “shady pasts as mayors, municipal managers and heads of departments”.

The municipality, which includes the towns of Delareyville, Sannieshof and Ottosdal, was rocked by protests over a shortage of water, lack of sports infrastructure and roads, and late salary payments.

Bojanala Platinum Local Municipality manager Pogiso Shikwane told councillors and employees that salaries would be paid late.

“You can’t depend on equitable share and expect workers to work. They do not also communicate with workers on time,” Diphoko said.

Read more: City Press

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