LEPHALALE — Lephalale Local Municipality employees took part in a protest march on Monday 8 October under the banner of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).
The purpose of the march, which started at the Lephalale municipal workshop in Chris Hani Street via Joe Slovo Street to the Lephalale Local Municipality (LLM), was to hand over a memorandum of demands to the Mayor of Lephalale Municipality, Jack Maeko, for revision.
The demands include the following:
- The Human Resources (HR) Manager must resign with immediate effect;
- Failure to resign as per the above demand, the employer (LLM) should take corrective measures and suspend the Human Resource Manager with immediate effect;
- The employer (LLM) should start disciplinary actions against the HR Manager;
- The Municipal Manager (MM) should resign with immediate effect;
- Failure to resign as per above demand, the employer (LLM) should take remedial action and suspend the MM with immediate effect;
- The employer (LLM) should constitute a disciplinary committee to deal with the conduct and operation of the MM.
It was stated that the above demands are to be a lesson to the MM, Edith Thukakgomo, and the HR Manager, so that they can respect the LLM, trade union and the entire staff in future.
They insisted response on the demands within seven working days and failure to do so will give them no alternative but to take further steps and to intensify the industrial action.
The march ended peacefully.
Lephalale Local Municipality had the following comments on the issue:
On 8 October the Honourable Mayor of Lephalale Local Municipality, Cllr Moloko Jack Maeko, received a memorandum of demands from municipal workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).
A few issues, allegedly implicating the Municipal Manager and Human Resource Manager were raised and the Mayor will respond within the stipulated seven working days.
The Mayor will in addition arrange a meeting with the leadership of SAMWU to discuss their demands.
The Mayor views the contents of the memorandum in a serious light and will ensure that an internal investigation is conducted. The outcome of the investigation will give guidance on what action to be taken.