FS Kopanong municipality applies for a court bid assist from Cogta
13:52 Mon, 01 Apr 2019
FS Kopanong municipality applies for a court bid assist from Cogta | News Article
The Free State Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has confirmed that the troubled Kopanong Local Municipality has approached them for financial assistance.

This, in a bid to launch an urgent court interdict with the hopes of forcing municipal workers to return back to work after downing tools in late February 2019.  

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members have absconded work over the alleged historical third-party debts in millions of rands amongst other reasons. 

Cogta Head in the province, Mokete Duma, explains to OFM News that the department has not yet decided whether to assist or not because it’s still busy engaging Samwu.  

Duma says once a conclusion has been attained during the meeting the department and Samwu the department will pronounce its self in a course of action to take in relation to an application of a court interdict.

OFM News previously reported that Cogta MEC, Oupa Khoabane, has instituted a Section 106 investigation into the Municipality, under the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) to monitor if the municipality can manage its own affairs, by exercising their powers and performing their functions.

This development comes after the municipal council earlier placed municipal manager, Martin Kubeka, on 30 days special leave pending the council’s own probe into maladministration allegations levelled against him by disgruntled employees. 

OFM News

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