Probe into City posts

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Dave Sa­vides

CIVIL rights group AfriFo­rum is on a mis­sion to ex­pose al­leged ir­reg­u­lar ap­point­ments at the City of uMh­lathuze.

How­ever, the City has come back at them, ac­cus­ing AfriFo­rum of ‘grand­stand­ing for the me­dia’.

In a state­ment is­sued on Thurs­day, AfriFo­rum re­quested the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity sup­ply them proof that se­nior man­age­ment in­deed com­ply with the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments, as set out in the Mu­nic­i­pal Financial Man­age­ment Act, 2003 (Act no. 56 van 2003).

‘We find that mu­nic­i­pal po­si­tions are awarded to friends and ac­quain­tances who do not com­ply with the min­i­mum le­gal re­quire­ments,’ said Eugene van Aswe­gen, AfriFo­rum’s Pro­vin­cial Co­or­di­na­tor for KZN.

‘AfriFo­rum is of­ten ap­proached by whistle blow­ers who re­port im­proper ap­point­ments and in­vites the pub­lic to con­tinue to re­port any cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties to the civil rights watch­dog.’

In a re­sponse on Satur­day, City Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager Mdu Ncalane con­firmed an ap­pli­ca­tion to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to the em­ploy­ment of se­nior man­agers, through the Pro­mo­tion of Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act, had been re­ceived by the Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager from AfriFo­rum KZN.

‘The City will of­fi­cially process the ap­pli­ca­tion ac­cord­ing to all re­quire­ments of the Act and re­spond ac­cord­ingly to the ap­pli­cant.

‘The City is con­fi­dent with all its em­ploy­ment pro­ce­dures and even more so with the re­cruit­ment on se­nior po­si­tions, as they are also ap­proved by the MEC for Cogta.

‘It is how­ever wor­ri­some that the City has to re­spond to me­dia state­ments cast­ing such al­le­ga­tions be­fore even for­mally re­spond­ing to the ap­pli­cant.’

Ncalane urged AfriFo­rum to be pa­tient while wait­ing for a for­mal re­sponse, rather than tak­ing ‘untested al­le­ga­tions’ to the me­dia.

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