DA calls for skills au­dit of Mo­gale City

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THE DA yes­ter­day called on Gaut­eng co-op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs MEC Paul Mashatile to do a skills au­dit of Mo­gale City em­ploy­ees, fol­low­ing the re­in­state­ment of ghost work­ers.

“The ANC has reap­pointed cadre ghost work­ers in the mayor’s of­fice at a cost of R20 mil­lion per year to tax­pay­ers,” the DA’s Mo­gale city cau­cus leader Michael Holen­stein said.

“The DA has been re­li­ably in­formed that the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager and HR depart­ment have back­dated their start­ing dates to April 1, 2017. This means that th­ese work­ers will be paid three months salary with­out hav­ing done a sin­gle day’s work. The ANC has built a cor­rupt sys­tem to feed them­selves, while the peo­ple suf­fer. We need a to­tal change to the sys­tem,” he said.

The pre­vi­ous DA-led ad­min­is­tra­tion got rid of th­ese ghost work­ers, some of whom were earn­ing more than R1 mil­lion a year, with­out ever re­port­ing for work.

The DA made sure that when con­tract po­si­tions be­came va­cant th­ese posts were ad­ver­tised so that the res­i­dents of Mo­gale City could ap­ply, he said.

It put a stop to jobs be­ing re­served for ANC cadres “who needed to be de­ployed with­out be­ing ca­pa­ble of do­ing the work”, he added.

“While we were in of­fice we made progress. We cut the bud­get deficit by R200m. Our bud­get would have seen the mu­nic­i­pal­ity have R30m in the bank by the end of this fi­nan­cial year in­stead of be­ing in debt,” Holen­stein said.

“The ANC is de­ter­mined to dig Mo­gale City deeper into the fi­nan­cial hole that we tried to pull it out of.” – ANA

ANC re­in­stated its costly cadre ghost work­ers

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