Categories Business Tech World The ANC’s Irregular Deployment Costs Have Cost Mangaung Metro Millions Post author By vanirexodus Post date February 19, 2022 No Comments on The ANC’s Irregular Deployment Costs Have Cost Mangaung Metro Millions In violation of the Municipal System Act, more than 100 ANC executives have been appointed to the political office of the Mangaung metro municipality, and despite many of these new employees not clocking in for a working day, they received a total of R2. 5 million in salaries last month. Under the Municipal Act, certain political office holders, such as mayors, deputy mayors, head whips and the chairmen of the council, have the right to make a certain number of political appointments to office. Although this amount is 50 for Mangaung, documents seen by The Vanir-exodus… In violation of the Municipal System Act, more than 100 ANC executives have been appointed to the political office of the Mangaung metro municipality, and despite many of these new employees not clocking in for a working day, they received a total of R2. 5 million in salaries last month. Under the Municipal Act, certain political office holders, such as mayors, deputy mayors, head whips and the chairmen of the council, have the right to make a certain number of political appointments to office. While this figure stands at 50 for Mangaung, documents seen by The Vanir-exodus show that 105 staff members have been appointed. In a January 10 letter written by Chief of Staff Sibongile Tsoleli, she requested former Acting City Manager Sello More to approve the appointment of political personnel to “serve on a contract basis in the offices of the political office holders, effective from the 10e January to 31st March 2022.” Tsoleli further motivated these appointments by stating that the appointments after the municipal elections were necessary for administrative and functional support of political office holders. “The municipality is currently reviewing the political staff structure in consultation with the central government. In the meantime, as the political staff review process is completed, there is a strong need for the appointment of political staff on a contract basis to support political office holders,” Tsoleli said in the letter. ALSO READ: Seven years with little to no water for this city in Free State Her request was approved and signed by More, Tsoleli himself, the department head of business services David Nkaiseng and the representative of the executive committee Thomas Mkaza, with a term until the end of February. This means that a large number of ANC affiliates and members have been appointed as department heads, managers, researchers, cleaners who also make tea and administrative assistants. Some of the positions were new, such as personal assistant to the chief of staff and chief clerk in the mayor’s office. Sabelo Pitso, the interim coordinator of the Mangaung ANC Regional Commission, is listed as the customer relations manager in the same office. I haven’t seen any – Speaker says Mangaung Metro speaker Stefani Lockman-Naidoo says she has never seen any of the people supposedly appointed to her office. 52 people are contracted to her office, including 21 ward clerks. Under the current municipal system law, 46 people can be appointed to her office, but the new amended law that comes into effect on July 1, 2022, would reduce that list to just nine. Lockman-Naidoo told The Vanir-exodus, “Funnily enough, I don’t know these people. No one reported for duty. I’m being attacked left, right and center for standing and they don’t like that. I don’t know these people, really. Also read: Flower agents in conversation with city bosses after blocking municipal building “I was at the office yesterday [Thursday] and there was no one… There have been no human resources processes. Apparently I have a department head who walks around in a suit and represents me in meetings. I wonder who is giving him the mandate because I am the director,” she told The Vanir-exodus. Lockman-Naidoo has made inquiries since she sent a January 14 letter addressed to Mayor Mxolisi Siyonzana, MMC for Corporate Services Theodora Mosola and More. In her letter, she clearly stated that she has not given official approval for any additional staff appointments at her office. “I further recommend that the list of additional staff will be confirmed by my office to the Municipal Whip and Acting City Manager once the appropriate personnel procedures, consultations and verifications have been completed.” Despite this, the appointments were approved and signed between January 10 and January 24, 2022. Lockman-Naidoo wrote again to now-banned new city manager Teboho Maine and Nkaiseng on Feb. 4, 2022 to question the payment of the alleged irregularly appointed staff in her office. ALSO READ: Mangaung Municipality does not pay salaries “The staffing hasn’t been finalized yet, but there are people getting paid who haven’t even signed up for the service. Such payments are considered fraudulent activities with serious financial consequences for this municipality which is under financial pressure… Please note that such payments must stop with immediate effect” Lockman-Naidoo says he plans to bring the matter up to council at their meeting next week. “There are letters from me to stop this thing. I’ll bring it to council next Tuesday with a report of the information I have, including instructions from the city manager who has now banned all these payments. If you do the right thing in Mangaung, you suddenly become enemy number one… This is corruption going on here.” Speaker under fire Lockman-Naidoo has come under fire from her own party in recent weeks, with the ANC in Mangaung’s Interim Regional Committee (IRC) calling for her immediate suspension on January 27. The speaker provoked the ire of the IRC when it failed to follow the party’s instructions to halt a council meeting, which would prevent the ouster of former municipal manager Sello More. A message reportedly sent to ANC councilors that day read: “According to ANC guidance, ANC councilors will not attend today’s council meeting due to the fact that council cases are still being processed by the ANC.” Despite this, several ANC councilors, including Lockman-Naidoo, attended the meeting. More’s appointment had previously been judged irregular by the Supreme Court of the Free State and his resignation from office was supported not only by opposition members, but also by some ANC members. Following this council meeting, the IRC called for the speaker’s immediate suspension, while Tebogo Maine took over as acting city manager. Forbidden city manager tried but failed to block payments Since his appointment, Maine has also tried to end paying salaries to supposedly irregular subway appointments. On January 31, he requested payroll manager Tshwaro Ledibane to stop the payments, with a copy of the metro finance director Sabata Mofokeng in the email. “This email is to instruct you that since my appointment by City Council on January 26, 2022 as Acting City Administrator, you may not do anything without a signature for approval. We need to be aware of the city’s ever-increasing salary bill, but most importantly, we need to abide by the laws and regulations, especially the Municipal Personnel Regulations,” said the acting city manager. But as head of corporate services, Nkaiseng ordered the salary manager three days later to continue with the special salary series. ALSO READ: WATCH: Bloemfontein Zoo – A Monument to Mismanagement and Waste “We have agreed a special run with the CFO on Friday 4 February. Please include all pending authorized and ratified payments in the special run,” he wrote in a Feb. 2, 2022 email. Meanwhile, Maine has left office after the Bloemfontein Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cogta MEC Mxolisi Dukwana to ban the appointment of the acting city manager, while the council’s decision to fire More is under review. Manguang Municipality spokesman Qondile Khwedama did not respond to several requests for comment on the drama within the municipality. Opposition party Freedom Front Plus has asked Dukwana to explain the high number of nominations, saying they will ask the National Treasury to investigate the allegations, as well as inform the Auditor General’s office. [email protected] Vanir-exodus.co.za Additional reporting by Earl Coetzee. ← Traders sell goods on the railway in Mamelodi → Saturday delicacy: Tosti with sandwiches Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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