Civil servants trash Port St Johns community town hall

MUNICIPAL officials in the Port St Johns Local Municipality (PSJLM) trashed the town hall with faeces and rubbish after not receiving promised salary increases.

The DA in the Port St Johns council condemned the vandalism and said officials had been lied to by Mayor Lindelwa Rolobile.

“Mayor Rolobile must carry some of the responsibility after making false commitments to the officials,” DA proportional representation councillor Derrick Madini said in a statement released this afternoon.

He said the DA had in the past raised the unhappiness of these officials in council and requested the intervention of the MEC for Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa. In November last the MEC sent someone on his behalf to find a resolution to this matter.

“During an engagement with the official from the MEC’s office, municipal staff complained that they are still waiting for a salary increase that was promised on October 30. The mayor made this promise without the approval of her executive committee,” Madini said.

Since then the staff have not had any feedback from the MEC’s office and no resolutions have been put in place.

“We urge the MEC to personally visit PSJLM and see for himself the conditions residents have to endure. The ANC cannot continue to fail in providing even the most basic necessities to the people it serves.

“The DA needs assurance from the MEC that the mayor will be held accountable for not implementing a decision she approved. She must also account for neglecting the community. The mayor cannot continue to get away with not doing her job while residents suffer under sub-standard service delivery.”

Madini assured that in 2019 the DA would bring a new beginning to the whole of the Eastern Cape and “implement a brand of good governance which places the people first and ensures that services are delivered”.

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