Unfilled posts in capital
THE Msunduzi Municipality has underspent by close to R60 million on its budget for salaries as it has failed to fill funded vacant posts.
A report tabled before Exco members last week revealed that the council had underspent by about R60m on the salaries of employees this financial year.
The municipality had a budget of R1.1 billion and spent only R1.04bn by June this year.
The report stated that in May this year, the municipality had 3 328 employees; 1 991 were male and 1 344 female.
Msunduzi municipal manager Sizwe Hadebe told Exco the municipality was working to fill vacant posts, prioritising key ones, but the process would not be completed within a single financial year.
DA leader in the council Jerome Majola said the municipality by failing to fill funded posts was a serious indictment on its management.
He said the organogram showed that there were close to 6 000 jobs in the council but only around 3 000 positions had been filled.
“There are about 2 500 jobs in this municipality that are vacant despite the fact that they are fully funded.
“There are people who need jobs out there; what kind of an impression does this create to those people?
“We have vacancies in waste management and people who clean the city, which is dirty. When you speak to people responsible for keeping the city clean, they will tell you that out of 15 drivers that are needed, there are only seven available.”
Majola said there were serious shortages even in the municipal traffic department.
“There are people in this municipality who could and want to be traffic officers, but those positions are not being filled.
“In this municipality, the shift of traffic officers ends at 8pm. After that you can drive any way you choose because the police are nowhere to be seen and that is the problem.”
IFP leader in the council Thinasonke Ntombela said the revelations were a sign of poor planning from council administration.
“It does not make sense that when you have the money to fill posts, you do not do that. Only they know the real reason behind that,” said Ntombela.
“As the IFP, we find this to be unacceptable. This is denying the people of Msunduzi opportunities. There are graduates in Msunduzi who could benefit from this opportunity.”