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Ngwathe Local Municipality Workers Allege Purging by Acting Director

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Workers affiliated with the Community Services Directorate in Ngwathe Local Municipality have raised concerns of alleged victimization by the Acting Director, Mxolisi Pali

Ngwathe Local Municipality Acting Community Services Director Mxolisi Pali

PARYS — Workers affiliated with the Community Services Directorate in Ngwathe Local Municipality have raised concerns of alleged victimization by the Acting Director, Mxolisi Pali. 

In what seems to be escalating tensions within municipal operations, employees responsible for essential services, including security, refuse removal, and town planning, have been vocal about issues surrounding overtime payments and job security.

A group of affected workers recently took the drastic step of sealing off the entrance to the municipal offices in Parys, in protest for overdue overtime payments. They claim that their overtime dues were not submitted on time to the Acting Municipal Manager Teboho Manele by Acting Director.

Adding to the turmoil, Central News has acquired access to correspondence indicative of alleged purges reportedly conducted by Acting Director Pali. Notably, a hand-written letter addressed to the previous supervisor of the EPWP security team—a group rumored to be at the center of disputes involving Executive Mayor Victoria De Beer—details a sudden demotion. The letter, signed by Pali, reads:

“I am writing to inform you that, effective immediately, your role as supervisor of the security team within the EPWP has concluded This decision has been made to facilitate opportunities for others within our community”

The excerpt from the letter reads: “We want to express our sincerest gratitude for your service… We are confident that you will continue to excel in your new role…”


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This change, however, has been perceived with skepticism by the staff. A senior manager who spoke on condition of anonymity expressed his concerns, stating, “Purging goes on, lawlessness is the order of the day. Municipal Systems Act suggests that ONLY the Municipal Manager can demote, hire and fire.”

He further criticized the acting director’s reach beyond permissible actions by saying, “an acting director whom his appointment prohibits him from appointing, demoting, firing or even suspending is prohibited. Ngwathe LM is a banana republic.”

Reports also indicate that during a council meeting, there was no unanimous agreement on Pali’s candidacy for the Acting Director position, with many deeming him unfit. The council also faces the absence of key senior management figures, leaving the municipality’s operational structure deficient.

Moreover, the governance issues appear more compounded as other key staff members, Mr. Themba Mpindo, the manager responsible for Budget and Expenditure, and Mr. Bandile Mbatha, Project Management Unit Coordinator, are reportedly still banned from setting foot within municipal premises, though the reasons for this remain unclear. 

Central News will keep following the story and provide updates as more information comes to light in this developing situation within the Ngwathe Local Municipality.

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