The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has noted that workers in the Tshwane Municipality run the risk of not receiving March salaries, due to the collapse of the council.
In a statement on Thursday, 27 February 2020, the South African Municipal Workers’ Union in Tshwane noted that the city’s workers ran the risk of not receiving their March salaries, due to the collapse of the city’s council. This is due to the collapse of the meeting that sat on Thursday, 27 February 2020, which saw some councillors leaving the meeting due to “alleging that the Speaker of Council was not better placed to preside over the meeting.”
As a response to the collapsing council and in trying to save it, SAMWU staged a march in February 2020, which called for councillors to put their political differences aside, for the betterment of the council. As a result of the council meeting not taking place, the collapse of the council has resulted in dire implications. The City has since had to apply to the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the National Treasury to request an approval of the adjustment budget.
Amongst other things, the City runs a risk of losing R500 million in grants from National Treasury, while they remain with no Head of Administration, as the Acting City Manager’s contract came to an end at the end of February. The biggest concern has been the possibility of workers not receiving their March salaries, due to the above-mentioned issues.