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Fair Labour Practices demanded

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in the Tshwane Region are unsettled by the recent media statement by City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Councillor Solly Msimanga on what the City calls dumping and subsequent criminal allegations against some municipal employees which have been laid.

What is of major concern to the union is that discipline in the City of Tshwane knows colour and is also not consistent. SAMWU has noted that the City is very quick to charge black employees and ignore those not black.

SAMWU says that it is an open secret that white employees who were implicated in corruption and there are forensic reports to that effect have not been dealt with. In many occasions SAMWU brought to the attention of the City of Tshwane issues at Emergency Services Department and further that the forensic report vindicated our allegations but nothing has been done. But still nothing has been done by the City because black people were not involved.

The union feels that the City has ignored racism allegations at Centurion electricity depot and SAMWU has since referred the matter to outside organizations dealing with such challenges. The swiftness that the City of Tshwane has shown on the matter of alleged dumping must be observed in all cases even those reported by SAMWU.

We therefore urge the City to desist from their selective actions and prosecutions and that all allegations should be treated equally and with fairness. It is disappointing that the Mayor has already embarked on a processes of appointing presiding officers and prosecutors even before investigations have been concluded. We further urge the City tread with caution and follow due processes when dealing with these issues and ensure that workers are not be prejudiced but treated fairly, otherwise we would be left with no option but to declare a dispute of unfair labour practice by the City.