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.

Issued by: 
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842

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