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SAMWU Demands Fair Labour Practices in Tshwane

  • Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:33
16 February 2017

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in the Tshwane Region has noted the recent media statement by City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Councillor Solly Msimanga on what the City calls dumping and subsequent criminal allegations against some municipal employees which have been laid.
First and foremost, we place it on record that we support any intention by government to root out fraud and corruption. We further need to place it on record that SAMWU has always condemned corruption in all its manifestations in the strongest possible terms and that view will never cease.

What is of major concern to the union is that discipline in the City of Tshwane knows colour and is also not consistent. SAMWU has noted that the City is very quick to charge black employees and ignore those not black.

It is an open secret that white employees who were implicated in corruption and there are forensic reports to that effect have not been dealt with. In many occasions we brought to the attention of the City of Tshwane issues at Emergency Services Department and further that the forensic report vindicated our allegations but nothing has been done. But still nothing has been done by the City because black people were not involved.

The City has also ignored racism allegations at Centurion electricity depot and SAMWU has since referred the matter to outside organizations dealing with such challenges. The swiftness that the City of Tshwane has shown on the matter of alleged dumping must be observed in all cases even those reported by SAMWU.

We therefore urge the City to desist from their selective actions and prosecutions and that all allegations should be treated equally and with fairness. It is disappointing that the Mayor has already embarked on a processes of appointing presiding officers and prosecutors even before investigations have been concluded. We further urge the City tread with caution and follow due processes when dealing with these issues and ensure that workers are not be prejudiced but treated fairly, otherwise we would be left with no option but to declare a dispute of unfair labour practice by the City.

Issued by SAMWU Tshwane Region

Mpho Tladinyane

Regional Secretary

082 320 5793 / 083 941 5888