Acting Senior Managers Render Maphumulo Municipality Dysfunctional
28 October 2014.
The ANC controlled Maphumulo Municipality is in a state of dire dysfunction as most of its senior management posts are occupied by persons in “acting” capacities, particularly in its finance section where five “acting” posts have since been filled without the positions ever being advertised.
“The human resources operational capability of
the Maphumulo Municipality is in a state of paralysis because the
post of municipal manager has been vacant since 2011. At present the
chief financial officer is acting as municipal manager. As a result
a senior financial officer is now acting as the CFO. No municipality
can function effectively and deliver services to its people if such
senior positions are occupied by “acting” incumbents. This would
explain why the citizens of Maphumulo are not receiving adequate
service delivery, are angry and are demanding answers,” said IFP
Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala.
“To make matters worse the contract for the Director of Corporate Services expired a year ago and the incumbent is now on a month-to-month contract, and the director of Community Services is also employed in an “acting” capacity.
Acting managers are also to be found in the
following departments: Human Resources, Human Settlements,
Engineering and Supply Chain Management to name a few. These are
critical positions that make up the backbone of the service delivery
component of any municipality and to have personnel “acting” in
these positions for extended periods is a recipe for disaster,”
continued Mr Gwala.
The question remains as to why these senior
management positions are being left vacant for so long? These are
funded posts and the municipality is free to advertise and employ
the best people it can, so as to ensure proper and efficient service
delivery. We call upon the MEC for COGTA to intervene urgently in
this matter and to investigate the irregular human resources operation at Maphumulo
Municipality as our people are continuing to be short-changed due to
poor service delivery”, concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
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