The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the NW is worried about the attitude and the conduct of the municipalities’ councillors, who always put workers under attack by removing some of councillors and municipal managers on a motion of no confidence when there are political issues.
We are worried because all workers are now expected to take instructions from two municipal managers and two mayors. This has happened in Tlokwe it happened in Ngaka Modire Molema, and it is now happening again in the Ventersdorp. We have been very disciplined with all workers who are members of COSATU under SAMWU, but we are about losing patience with some of the councillors who want to use workers to achieve their political gains.
We call on all our members to continue to be disciplined and report all bad attitudes and bad conduct by politicians to the unions and the federation. Workers must refuse to be used by politicians to settle their scores or to be used in corrupt ways.
We call on all councillors to stop using workers to divide the ANC councillors and to divide communities. Councillors must debate issues in the manner that does not make communities to suffer from poor service delivery, and workers must not suffer from those political divisions among councillors who always want to take power by dissolving municipalities or council.
The Ventersdorp councillors should have learned from the recent activities in Ngaka Modire Molema and previously in Tlokwe that workers and communities end up at the receiving point they are the most affected people in all ranks.
We are happy that the ANC is intervening by taking action. All those councillors who are putting the ANC and its alliance under attack by the opposition must be disciplined and the ANC must investigate what led to the motion of no confidence in the mayor and the removal or suspension of the municipal manager.
The ANC councillors must be aware that they are elected to serve the people of that municipality and workers are employed to provide service to those poor communities, not to serve individuals’ own political agendas.
The municipality of Ventersdorp is very small and it must make sure it delivers to the best to the community.
The situation in the municipality of Ngaka Modire Molema in 2014, when workers were locked out due to the political agenda of councillors, must not happen again against those poor workers of Ventersdorp. They will not be suspended for refusing to take instructions from two municipal managers and two mayors. We call the ANC to intervene with speed before we get into the situation of 2014 in Ngaka Modire Molema. Tenders must not determine our mayors or municipal managers.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions