Municipal manager told to pack his bags

The acting Madibeng municipal Noko Seanego was told to pack his bags and leave by representatives of the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) and the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) on Friday.

Acting municipal manager Noko Seanego

Approximately 10 representatives of the two unions entered the municipal building in Brits on Friday. “We told the acting municipal manager to pack his bags and leave,” said William Myoni of SAMWU. “He was appointed by the MEC of the North West Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) without any consultation with the unions.

Seanego was part of the administration team that attempted to get the floundering municipality back on its feet the past year. The team’s contract expired at the end of October, leaving the municipality leaderless until the council is sworn in on 18 November. Last week the Brits water purification plant ground to a sudden halt because there was no one with the authority to buy chemicals for the plant. Seanogo was presumably hurriedly reappointed to address the crisis.

Myoni said SAMWU and IMATU demand consultation with the appointment. “Our people want someone from the inside of Madibeng. Someone who understands and has an interest in the municipality. Not someone from outside.”

Upon enquiry to the municipality, spokesperson Tumelo Tshabalala he said the municipality is “unfortunately not able to comment at the moment but we shall do so at a later stage.”