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Tshwane in spotlight of National treasury and labour department in job dismissal saga

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The National Treasury has promised to investigate the feasibility of the Tshwane metro fighting an order to pay more than 600 former employees R72 million in 11 months in compensation it has been ordered to pay them.

This comes after the former general workers, employed by the metro in November 2019, saw their services terminated in November 2021.

They have since protested outside Tshwane House to get their jobs back.

The South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) ordered the metro to reinstate the workers and pay backdated salaries of about R115 000each.

National Treasury Deputy Director General Stadi Mngomezulu said they would prepare a response within seven days and “anyone who is found guilty” would face severe consequences.

National Treasury Deputy Director General Stadi Mngomezulu. Photo: Reitumetse Mahope

The Department of Labour is also investigating the case.

The former employees are expected to meet with labour department officials on Wednesday next week after acting chief director, labour relations, Ntsoaki Mamashela and Stephen Rathai, director of collective bargaining, collected and signed the former employees’ memorandum on Tuesday.

In the memorandum addressed to treasury, the former employees demand that the department take the necessary action against the metro.

“We are concerned about the abuse of taxpayer funds, as the City is currently fighting this legal battle with taxpayer money,” said the workers’ leader, Cedric Cele.

Cele said the metro could avoid having to pay more costs by not disregarding labour laws and reinstating workers who “were ready to ensure service delivery to the taxpayers of Tshwane”.

Tshwane in spotlight of National treasury and labour department in job dismissal saga
National Treasury Deputy Director General Stadi Mngomezulu engaging with the workers’ leader, Cedric Cele. Photo: Reitumetse Mahope
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Former employees protest outside the National Treasury to have the Tshwane metro investigated. Photo: Reitumetse Mahope

“Large amounts paid for court cases or more payouts in delayed salaries could be avoided if the city had people with the necessary skills to do the job.

“We want to help the city to improve service delivery to residents as the metro needs to understand that the core functions of the municipality is to bring service delivery to communities.”

The former workers are also demanding payment of their annual leave money.

“When we were unlawfully dismissed, we didn’t receive any annual leave money which was due after 12 months and most painful was that Tshwane failed to issue Ul19 (dismissal) papers on time.

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National Treasury Deputy Director General Stadi Mngomezulu. Photo: Reitumetse Mahope

“The only time when Tshwane started to issue UI19papers was 11 months later when those papers served no purpose as itwas too late.”

The workers are calling on the labour department to take this into account.

Cele said Tshwane was also not complying with the SALGBC ruling.

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Tshwane metro spokesperson Selby Bokaba said the metro was unable to comment on matters outside court processes.

“This matter is before the labour court, the City is not in a position to comment.

“We believe that a different court would most likely arrive at a different outcome,” said Bokaba.

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