The Union of Municipal Workers of South Africa, Samwa, in the municipality of Amatol district, which has chosen cash, is questioning the timing of the cancellation of unpaid debt of more than 1 billion rupees. The union believes the move is an attempt to gain public confidence, as the council has approved the reappointment of municipal mayor Tandekile Mnimba for a second term.

The union is unhappy with his reappointment, citing poor performance and mismanagement of municipal funds.

Samvu says he is not happy with the state of affairs in the Amatol district municipality because the relationship between the workers and the mayor of Tandekile is paralyzed.

Lorna Lubhead, head of the union’s shop, says the municipality has no cash reserves.

“We have had disclaimers since he came to the municipality with the question of how much this man can change? He was on board and this institution gets a disclaimer. What good will he bring this time if we give him a second term? It just means that we congratulate him for the destruction of the municipality. “

The best interests of the municipality of Amatol

The chief financial officer of the municipality Lucky Mosala defended the decision to cancel the debt, saying that it is in the interests of the municipality.

“Out of 1.4 billion rupees you have deceased customers. With 1.4 billion rupees you have poor customers, businesses that have since been liquidated mainly due to COVID-19. Inside the billion you also have bills that have since been prescribed in terms of the National Credit Act, and it gives confidence to the people who will receive the bills. ”

A spokesman for the Department of Cooperative Management in Mamnkeli Ngam province says they are also closely monitoring the municipality’s finances.

“Every month we receive reports on the implementation of the municipality’s financial recovery plan. We want Amathole to become financially viable and stable in terms of its core functions. ”

Mnimba is expected to take office next month after his appointment is approved by the MEC for Cooperative Management.

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