The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Richard Baloyi must take steps to prevent the current scramble to appoint dubious municipal staff before regulations regarding the appointment of Municipal Managers and top level managers take effect in July.

A director in charge of the Kouga’s Infrastructure will be appointed soon.

Kouga is one of the municipalities who is suddenly trying to appoint all the top level directors with interviews taking place recently.

The Democratic Alliance in Kouga is concerned that some of the aspirant candidates do not have the necessary qualifications for the job. “Should any appointments be made where the candidates do not have the necessary qualifications and/or experience, we will ask the Provincial MEC to set aside such appointments”, said the DA.

Draft regulations on the appointment of Municipal Managers and Section 56 managers were tabled and discussed in the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs last week.

These regulations set out the requirements in terms of education, experience and skills for the appointment of municipal managers and senior officials.

Importantly it also sets out the categories of misconduct which would prohibit, for specified terms, the employment or reemployment of municipal officials found guilty of financial misconduct, corruption, fraud, dishonesty, discrimination and sexual harassment.

If local government is to work effectively then it is essential that rogue officials are not employed in municipal administrations.

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