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AmatholeNews24 reports that from 2013 to 2018 the Amathole District Municipality hired more than 900 people who were not needed, resulting in a bloated organogram and unaffordable salary bill.  Of those, 500 were hired in a single month in 2013 in what the municipality termed mass employment.  

The mayor of the profligate municipality, Mkhanyiseli Maneli, and municipal manager, Thandekile Mnyimba, revealed this at a press conference in East London on Wednesday when they explained some of the factors that led to the municipality's financial crisis.  Earlier this week, the municipality announced that it would not be able to pay salaries for February, April, May and June to 1,670 workers, including councillors and traditional leaders, due to strained financial resources.  For the past two years, the broke council has been relying on bank overdrafts to pay its R65m monthly salary bill.  The salary freeze bombshell sparked anger on the part of the SA Municipal Workers' Union and the EFF.  Maneli stated that the people hired did not have the skills for the core business of the municipality.  Asked why they were hired in the first place, Mnyimba said the employees were recruited into the council as interns and later absorbed.  This happened before the current administration took over.  To fix the issue of a high salary bill, the municipality has asked workers to apply for mutual separation, targeting 33% of those in senior management.  However, hardly any employees have come forward to take up the offer.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Malibongwe Dayimani at News24

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