Whistleblowers ‘targeted’ in council overhaul
Pretoria – The overhaul of the Tshwane municipality’s supply chain management division has been branded a political move to entrench cronyism in the council and to rid the division of whistle-blowers on corruption.
Last month, the municipality advertised supply chain management posts which means almost all officials and employees have to reapply for their jobs.
This has raised the ire of unions, workers and the official opposition alike, with allegations that the department’s overhaul was politically motivated to ensure the appointment of officials favoured by the political administration.
The supply chain management division oversees the procurement and purchasing functions of the municipality, making it strategically important and a lucrative division.
It has also been fingered as one of the problematic divisions in the municipality in terms of fraud and corruption by both the Auditor-General and Special Investigating Unit.
SA Municipal Workers Unions chairman (Tshwane), Veli Kubheka, said the union was convinced the supply chain division changes were only to “get rid of people who were unable to protect the corrupt activities of politicians and officials”.
The “radical overhaul” of the division presented a perfect opportunity for the municipality to provide jobs for “friends and allies”, Kubheka said. “Our message to the municipality is – stop victimising people exposing corruption in the council and stop advertising posts.
“In Tshwane it is clear that political heads are fiddling with the administration of the municipality.
“It is unheard of anywhere that a mayoral committee member sits behind a desk and determine who gets employed where.
“But in Tshwane that is happening. It is clear this whole process is a payback to people who have supported the political leadership.
“It is aso an effort to move out those who have been critical and unwilling to support the corruption taking place,” said Kubheka.
THE LORD SPECIFICALLY SPOKE ON CORRUPTION AND WHISTLEBLOWERS AS WE WAITED ON HIM CONCERNING 2013. GOD SAID THIS CONCERNING WHISTLEBLOWERS
Corruption is being exposed in unique ways; the whistle blowers are finding new ways to expose corruption without being fired or being blackmailed into resigning. The public exposure of destruction of school books and dumping of the medical waste is owed to whistle blowers exposing corruption in certain departments. Corruption up until now has become the way business is done. Because of the exposure of corruption, people are finding they did not realize that they were committing corruption. They are only now finding out that they used corrupt methods and now they are correcting their methods.
When the whistle is blown about corruption, even though it is just a short term solution at times, there is an actual result to be shown. There will not necessarily be long-term solutions, but rather a movement in government against corruption. When we hear whistle blowers we shouldn’t be afraid.’
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Please Pray For:
- Courage of the whislte blowers to stand against corruption.
- Re-appointment fo Godly staff at this division
- Exposure of corrupt officials and practices