IMATU is deeply disturbed by the announcement of the ADM in its circular issued on 7 January 2021 advising, amongst others, that the employees of the municipality will not be receiving their salaries for the months of February, April, May and June 2021.
The announcement comes against a background of a prolonged strike by the workers, continuous service delivery protests by communities in Mbashe, Mnquma, Amahlathi and Ngqushwa municipalities, as well as the failure by the municipality to provide adequate basic water supply to its surrounding communities and to properly maintain infrastructure.
The announcement furthermore comes in a wake of the ADM having received an amount of R 336 million as an Equitable Share from National Treasury on 8 December 2020.
The announcement fails to consider the impact on the livelihoods of the employees, and their obligations and responsibilities outside the work environment. Such a step will have a devastating effect on the employees, their families and the broader communities of the ADM.
The conduct of the municipality is an attempt to erode the workers’ hard-fought rights and blatantly undermines the spirit of collective bargaining. To this day, the municipality has failed to implement the salary increases for workers as per the collective agreement concluded at the SALGBC.
IMATU is of the strong view that the issuing of the circular by the municipality is a tactical bad faith ploy that coincides with an exemption ruling of the bargaining council’s exemption panel, which compels the municipality to pay increase to workers for 2020/21. The municipality is playing a very dangerous game with the livelihoods of the workers.
IMATU will be approaching the Labour Court on an urgent basis to stop this heinous conduct of the municipality. Our legal team has already been instructed to draw up the relevant application and a punitive cost order will be sought against the municipality.
IMATU wishes to point out the serious underperformance and lack of accountability portrayed by the Municipal Manager, Dr TT Mnyimba as well as his history of poor financial management and maladministration. Not only has he collapsed the ADM’s finances but also that of Sundays River Valley and Ngqushwa Municipalities, where he dismally failed as the Accounting Officer. Despite his poor track record, he remains appointed as Municipal Manager of the ADM.
IMATU further wishes to call upon the National Treasury to institute a forensic audit in respect of the finances of the Municipality.
We further wish to call upon the Office of MEC of COGTA in the Eastern Cape to place the Municipal Manager on a pre cautionary suspension pending an investigation into the poor financial management of the ADM.
There is an old saying, “Don’t cry because it is over; smile because it happened.” Yes, it is time to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year. 2020 has reshaped traditional greetings in that we will forget about fortune in the New Year and rely on keeping your good health. Instead of well-worn appeals of prosperity, we are telling each other to be free from sickness and be safe.
Although 2020 was challenging considering the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, IMATU succeeded to have achieved its goals in protecting the rights and interest of our members. The New Year will no doubt have its own challenges and opportunities. Notwithstanding these challenges we will continue to act in the best interest of our members. We will strive to further improve our member’s welfare, job security and to maintain social harmony and stability.
Not all our members will be able to take leave, and we pay tribute to those who during the festive season will provide emergency services.
The exchange of festive greetings is an integral part of staying connected to our loved ones. Through these greetings we convey our festive message of goodwill to them.
As IMATU we wish you and your family the gifts of love, peace, happiness and good health. Have a blessed Festive Season and a prosperous 2021.
IMATU is shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely death of three (3) Metro Police Officers.
Constables Mukuevho, Phaduli and Phala were killed in a collision with a suspected drunk driver on Sunday 23 August 2020, while performing their duties to ensure the safety of road users.
IMATU would like to send its sincere condolences to their families and colleagues. Our thoughts of sympathy and support are with them during this difficult time.