Topping up in Top Town
THE Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) has indicated that the driver of a fire engine which conveyed water, apparently to fill up a private pool in Top Town despite water restrictions being in place in the area, was a newly appointed contract worker on the Expanded Public Works Programme who was not familiar with council policy on the use of resources and equipment.
The Rep reported on October 27 that a Swartberg Road resident had followed the fire engine after seeing it conveying water past his house at night. He had tracked it down to a home where it was apparently being used to fill a pool. The name of the home owner is not known.
EMLM spokesman Gcobani Msindwana said the supervisor of the worker had been on leave at the time.
“Disciplinary action has been instituted immediately in terms of the disciplinary code of the municipality,” he said, adding that the worker had received a written reprimand and warning.
“A refresher workshop was conducted to familiarise workers on policies and regulations relating to their responsibilities. Any further incident of this nature committed by any official will attract a sanction of summary dismissal.” – Rep reporter