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Ngwathe Municipal Crisis: Executive Mayor’s Alleged Henchmen Steal Important Payroll Equipment

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Ngwathe Executive Mayor Victoria De Beer

Ngwathe Municipality Executive Mayor Victoria De Beer

Parys – Chaos continues to unravel at the Ngwathe Local Municipality as allegations come to light involving the executive mayor’s close allies in the theft of crucial payroll equipment.

Sources within the municipality report that on Monday, the Payroll Unit was reportedly targeted by individuals known to be associated with the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU), allegedly acting on the behest of Executive Mayor Victoria De Beer. Tswago Bodibe and Lehlohonolo Molo are named as the primary suspects, identified by eyewitnesses present during the incident.

“This Municipality has become a daily drama arena,” commented an anonymous staff member. It appears that the looters were granted unhindered access to the payroll unit, accompanied by uniformed municipal security personnel.

The incident follows a pattern of purported victimization by the mayor’s faction within the ANC in the Fezile Dabi Region. Workers who are deemed unsympathetic to the Executive Mayor’s agenda are said to face continual harassment and bullying.

“Victimization of workers has become a daily activity,” states a finance department insider. The lack of action from the Municipal Manager’s office in curbing this conduct continues to raise questions and concerns among staff.

“Just recently, we reported complaints from the municipal community services section,” the source added, speaking to the pervasive tension and fear among the municipality’s employees.

In an attempt to quell unrest, members of the Mayoral Committee reportedly addressed disgruntled workers in the finance department following a protest that saw staff downing tools for two days. The protest came in response to violent acts directed at colleagues within the payroll unit.

“The misconduct of these employees will likely go uncautioned, and they will continue their swearing, intimidation, and assaults,” said one employee who requested anonymity for fear of retribution. “The SAMWU of Ngwathe seems to have more authority than our accounting officer, and they’re acting like bouncers.”

In addition to the theft of computers and printers, there are concerns about the security of sensitive data and compliance processes. Officials warn that the resulting sabotage will significantly impact the generation of monthly reports and the fulfilment of third-party obligations.

Further alarming reports have emerged with threats targeted at the Acting Municipal Chief Financial Officer, who has been seconded by the province. According to sources, the CFO has been warned against entering municipal buildings, suggesting the influence of the ‘henchmen’ reaches far into the municipality’s operational framework.

Central News has reached out to the Mayoral Spokesperson for comment on these allegations and the mounting crisis within the Ngwathe Local Municipality, but, at the time of publication, no response had been issued.

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