Joburg Mayor slams former administration over ‘corrupt’ R59m wage bill

The new multi-party coalition in the City of Johannesburg says it has managed to reverse a R59 million annual staff wage bill in the city. The current Joburg mayor, the DA’s Mpho Phalatse, says the wage bill was nothing more than an attempt by the previous ANC administration to “hi-jack political office”.

Joburg mayor comes out swinging at former administration

In a statement released by Phalatse’s office, the mayor accuses the ANC administration of adopting a Mayoral committee report that aimed to “illegally convert” contract workers in political offices, into permanent staff.

This would then see the staff wage bill in the city stand at R59 million per annum.

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Phalatse says that it is universally accepted that staff in political offices are linked to the term of the elected officials.

“The previous administration’s intention to permanently employ their own in these term-based
offices is nothing more than an application of cadre deployment, a vile practice that featured
prominently as an instrument of State Capture.”

City of Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse

Your staff vs my staff

The current administration in the metro says it has managed to reverse that changeover. And according to Phalatse, the ANC’s move meant that her new administration was unable to appoint its own political officials.

“It is no brainer that a political strategy and programme that is driven by officials who do not
share the same values as the multi-party government will have far-reaching implications for
good governance and service delivery. This is untenable and it proves that the ANC wanted to
increase its political footprint in the Municipality.”

The administration also points to the incoming regulation from National Treasury. The regulation takes effect later this year. It says that political staff should be on a fixed-term contract with a 30-day exit clause in case there is a change in administration.

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