“Legal action not taken against officials implicated in ‘jobs for friends’ scandal in Emfuleni”

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the Emfuleni Local Municipality has misled the Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Lebogang Maile about taking legal action following allegations of the irregular extension of political appointees’ contracts in the Mayor, Chief whip, and council speaker offices.

DA Emfuleni North Constituency Head Kingsol Chabalala said these appointments were made weeks before the local government elections which the DA objected to and requested MEC Maile to investigate the matter. “These political appointments were illegal as the officials were linked to the previous administration’s political term.The DA has been informed by MEC Maile in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature that the investigation into the matter was never carried out because Emfuleni had taken legal steps to remedy the situation.”

Chabalala said the Emfuleni Mayor indicated that the council has resolved to approach the labour court to adjudicate the disputes over contracts of the staff in the political offices which were extended before the end of the previous political term of office.

Emfuleni has provided misleading information to MEC Maile as the suspension of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) was the only matter that was tabled in council and referred to the labour court.

Chabalala added that the DA has been reliably informed that the CFO was suspended for among other reasons, extending the contracts of the officials’ weeks before the local general elections. “However, the suspended CFO is alleging that he was following orders from the former mayor and former chief whip as he was the acting municipal manager at that stage.”

The DA demands that MEC Maile initiate an urgent investigation into this matter to ascertain whether the issue of extending contracts of political appointees was referred to the labour court. “Should it be found that Emfuleni misled the MEC those responsible should face severe consequences.”

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