The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Sekhukhune will file a formal complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC) to probe Sekhukhune District Municipality after discovering that 66% of officials employed by the Department of Infrastructure and Water Services (IWS ) do not have grade 12 or matric certificates.
The revelation was confirmed by the Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila during an ordinary sitting Council which was held at the Makhuduthamaga Municipal Chamber in Jane Furse last week.
Mayor Maila has emphatically indicated that only 192 out of 560 employees in this department, representing a paltry 34%, have a grade 12 (matric) certificate.
This means that a whopping 66% of the employees in this important department , which is the heartbeat of the service delivery machinery of the municipality, do not have matric.
To compound the matter, the municipality has only one engineer who is not even registered on the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA ). This makes 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.
It is clear that due processes were not followed during their appointments and therefore their positions and appointments must be investigated to ensure that there is transparency and accountability.
The DA takes this matter very seriously as we believe that this is a classic example of cadre deployment and rewarding individuals that have been loyal to senior politicians during the elections.
We urge the PSC to commence with their investigations and ensure that due processes are followed in order to accelerate service delivery to the people of Sekhukhune.