Scores of South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members have downed tools at the Umsobomvu municipal offices in Colesberg, Northern Cape. They are protesting against the permanent appointment of the current acting municipal manager, Amos Mpela.
Samwu spokesperson, Lungile Gedezana, says the municipal manager must not be permanently employed as he has failed them. They are calling on the Hawks to thoroughly investigate the municipality.
“We don't have a good working relationship with the manager. If we give him another five years that means we will again lose all our gains that we already fought for in many years before he came to the municipality. So, we say let the new person come in, who is going to pay attention to the issues the union is having,” Gedezana said.
Meanwhile, Umsobomvu mayor Nombulelo Hermans, says the municipality does not know anything about the union's dissatisfaction about the permanent employment of the municipal manager.