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Elundini Local Municipality Social Development workers on a go-slow

Apr 6, 2017
Elundini Local Municipality Social Development workers on a go-slow

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Thursday said that it has written to the Speaker of the Elundini Municipality, Vague Hokwana,  to immediately intervene and address the working conditions of Social Development workers in the municipality.

"Reports indicate that they are on a go-slow in protest over failure by the Speaker to address grievances about their working conditions. They wrote to the Speaker in March about their concerns, which they say have been ignored for over 10 years," said Kekeletso Mahlelebe, a DA PR Councillor in the Elundini Local Municipality.

"They are particularly aggrieved by sewerage which flows in front of their office doors whenever it rains. Worse still, the offices have cracked floors, walls, broken windows and worn down furniture.

"The municipality has been assuring them that they will be moved to a new building since the 1st of April 2017. This has turned out to be a broken promise and shows the disdain that the municipality has towards its workers."

Mahlelebe said that the DA believes that the failure to provide a quality working environment has been a consequence of poor financial management and wasteful expenditure.

"Elundini municipality has failed and neglected social workers for 10 years, without due regard for the residents who rely on their services.

"The Speaker needs to account for why she has dragged her feet on the matter. Wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 16, 17 are dependent on these social workers and disruptions may have dire consequences, especially for the elderly and orphans," she said.

"In order to ensure that urgent action is taken, I have also requested my colleague in the Legislature, Kobus Botha MPL, to ensure that the Premiers Office honours its commitment to intervene, after acknowledging the challenges facing the social workers.

"The DA remains committed to the delivery of quality social services to the residents of Elundini Local Municipality."