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SAMWU Welcomes Recall of Limpopo Mayors Implicated in VBS Saga

12 December 2018

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Limpopo province welcomes the decision of the ANC and government in our province to collectively agree on recall of leaders of municipalities who have invested with VBS Mutual Bank against both Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) as well as treasury instructions based on the report of Advocate Terry Motau to the Prudential Authority as well as the forensic investigations commissioned by the Limpopo Provincial Government.

We are pleased that the Provincial Government has finally listened to the calls of Municipal Workers and recalled 7 Mayors from Vhembe District, Giyani Local, Collins Chabane Local, Makhado Local, Lepelle-Nkumpi Local, Fetakgomo-Tubatse and Ephraim Mogale Local Municipalities.

We are particularly elated about the removal both self or organisationally by the ANC of Florence Radzilani which has been long overdue since she presided over the rot that was happening in the Vhembe District Municipality and against all odds was the worst Executive Mayor popular for union bashing in Limpopo Province.

The union is also confident of the leadership of the ANC’s ability to pursue all other municipal leaders who have invested monies in VBS and were able to withdraw those investments in order to complete this great puzzle of accountability in order to restore order and integrity within the sector in honour of our slain compatriot Cde Maupa of Tubatse Fetakgomo local municipality.

SAMWU will continue to mobilise in remembrance of comrade Maupa and many of our comrades and stewards who were suspended, intimidated, arrested and harassed in Vhembe, Ephraim Mogale and other municipalities for speaking out against the illegal investment of municipal finances primarily in violation of MFMA and secondarily in violation of written directive from the National Treasury advising against it.

SAMWU demands that all officials who participated in this daylight heist of magnanimous proportions be hounded out by incoming leadership and consequence management applied ferociously including being dismissed.

As a class conscious organisation, SAMWU will however wish to reiterate its commitment to work very hard to assist all ailing municipalities by making sure that we restore order and normalcy in the municipal environment in service of the working class and the communities we serve.

Issued by SAMWU Limpopo

Patrick Aphane
Provincial Secretary