THOSE WITH VBS LINKS MUST GO!
FOLLOWING the VBS saga in which Vhembe Municipality illegally invested more than R300 million, under the watchful eye of embattled mayor Florence Radzilani, municipal workers have vowed not to let the matter rest until all involved are suspended.
The workers from the four local municipalities, most of who are members of the South African Municipal Workers Union have been picketing at the municipality’s head office in Thohoyandou.
On Friday they waited outside council chambers where there was a caucus, followed by a special council meeting.
The workers said the municipality had collapsed and denounced the leadership, who they said were criminals.
They were later disappointed to learn that only the municipal manager, Reuben Rambado, and financial officer Nyiko Mchavi had been suspended.
The ANC will determine the fate of Radzilani, who is also deputy chairwoman of the party in Limpopo.
Timmy Tshililo from the Municipal Workers Union said workers had taken a resolution that pending the removal of the mayor and speaker by the ANC, they would in future report to head office.
Tshililo also made an appeal to national government to put the municipality under administration to give forensic investigators an opportunity to do their job.
He said they suspected more money had been stolen from the municipality. He called on law enforcement agencies to also arrest the CFO as he had threatened to spill the beans about the looted money.
Vhembe is one of the eight municipalities in Limpopo that invested R1, 2 billion in combined deposits. Some of the municipalities are the worst run in the country and there is a fear that the lost amounts won’t be recovered.
Giyani Municipality, which lost R160 million to VBS, has led the way by sacking its chief financial officer, Hitler Maluleke, for his role in the VBS debacle.