SEKHUKHUNE – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Sekhukhune threatened it would file a complaint with the Public Protector Service Commission (PSC) to probe Sekhukhune District Municipality after discovering that 66% of officials employed by the Department of Infrastructure and Water Services (IWS) did not have grade 12 certificates.

According to the DA the revelation was confirmed by the Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila during an ordinary sitting council which was held at Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality chamber in Jane Furse recently.

The DA said Ramaila emphatically indicated that only 192 out of 560 employees in this department, representing a paltry 34 percent had grade 12 certificates.

Solomon Maila, DA Caucus leader in Sekhukhune District Municipality, said that meant that 66 percent of the employees in that important department, which was the heartbeat of service delivery machinery of the municipality, did not have matric.

Maila further alleged that to compound the matter, the municipality had only one engineer who was not even registered on the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

“That made it impossible for the municipality to provide the desperately needed infrastructure and water services to the people of Sekhukhune. The DA believes that many of these officials are simply drawn from ANC branches of the district without requesting their qualifications and experience before they are appointed to these positions,” added Maila.

Maila said it was clear that due processes were not followed during their appointments and therefore their positions and appointments must be investigated to ensure that there was transparency and accountability.

“The DA takes the matter very seriously as we believe that this is a classical example of cadre deployment and rewarding individuals that have been loyal to senior politicians during election. We urge the PSC to commence with investigations and ensure that due processes are followed in order to accelerate service delivery to the people of Sekhukhune,” concluded Maila.

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