The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) said on Wednesday it had written a letter to Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane urging him and his party not to purge municipal staff due to political affiliation.
“It is evident from media reports that there are conflicting views expressed by different spokespersons of the DA that some candidates call for conducting of skills audits, while others indicate that outsourcing of core functions will become official policy,” said Fedusa secretary Dennis George.
“Fedusa believes that panic and uncertainty will take root in the local government structures, with fear of purging, that could consequently undermine stability and have the converse effect of the economic gains that have been reported over the last two weeks.”
DA leader in the Eastern Cape Athol Trollip circulated an e-mail to Nelson Mandela Bay municipal workers dated August 1, assuring staff they would not be purged and would be treated fairly under the DA administration at the metro. In the letter, Trollip promised to root out corruption and reward hard work at the metro.
George said it was important for all parties to contribute towards a legal framework that would ensure effective service delivery and that the process “not be undermined by wide spread corruption and incompetence”.
“Fedusa is of the opinion that the DA supports and respects the constitutional rights of all employees. The legal framework will thus ensure that the transitional periods are managed in a fair and impartial manner.”
“The Federation is committed to working with local government to confront the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, on the premise that due procedure, transparency and accountability remains the key priority of good governance.”
The opposition party snatched the metro from the governing African National Congress in last week’s local government polls and secured 57 seats in the 120-seat council. It needed four more seats through a coalition with another party in order for it to govern.
– African news Agency (ANA)