LEPHALALE — Members from the Lephalale Unemployment Forum (LUP) marched to Lephalale Municipal Offices on Wednesday 19 March to demand answers on the memorandum that was handed to Lephalale Municipality Mayor Cllr Jack Maeko on 15 June.
A representative of the LUF said they feel undermined by the Mayor as they have raised several concerns regarding interference in bulk recruitment for new development projects.
The forum accuses the mayor of having influence over who secures jobs and that they are reserved for ANC members only.
According to Thabo Raliwedzha, spokesperson for the LUF, members of the community in Marapong think the mayor is a dictator regarding recruitment and he interferes with things that have nothing to do with his job as Mayor.
Cllr Jack Maeko was not available to receive the demands of the LUF on Wednesday.
Conscious Chiloane, communications manager at Lephalale Municipality, said in a statement that the Municipality has a complete human resource department and that vacancies are advertised in newspapers, on notices and the website, where all interested jobseekers regardless of their race, religion or political affiliation are given an equal opportunity to apply. The processes of filling vacancies starting from drafting of adverts, shortlisting and interviewing are done by the HR department in terms of the Municipal Recruitment policy. Neither the mayor nor any politician features in any of the processes.
“As a Municipality we cannot respond to what happens at Eskom facilities. All questions related to the information centre must be directed to Eskom. The Mayor has scheduled a meeting with the forum members as he was not available when they marched to the Municipality (19 October 2016).
Lephalale has been identified as the new City to be built under the new democratic government, there are numerous developmental projects (some listed in the Municipality 2016/17 IDP) aimed at developing the area as well as creating employment. The Municipality has also entered into partnership with strategic partners to create employment opportunities.
Recruitment of Chief Learning Officers (CLO’s) is the responsibility of all companies implementing community development projects,” she concluded.