“Council only pays ANC members”: allegations of political bias in EPWP payments

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THE Polokwane Municipality Limpopo is rocked by allegations of political polarization and executive deployment in the pay of workers in the Expanded Public Works Program (PEPE).

THE ANCThe city council reportedly only managed to pay party-affiliated workers’ salaries this month.

The municipality rejected the allegations

The municipality, however, rejected these allegations, calling them malicious, unfounded and opportunistic. He said the payments had nothing to do with political affiliations.

“All workers were paid, except those whose documents needed to be repaired,” said spokesperson Tshidiso Mothapo.

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He said workers who reported for work, worked and submitted validated daily wage records were on the payroll from February 15 to 17, and those who had not yet confirmed, or who have submitted incorrect bank details, would be paid once their bank details are received. and audited salary records.

On Monday, angry EPWP workers gathered on the streets of Polokwane to express their plight and threatened to plunge the municipality further into turmoil if their salaries were not paid by the end of the month.

DA wrote to Mayor Mpe

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to Mayor John Mpe calling on him to urgently bring forward a quarterly EPWP payment plan that would ensure all workers are paid on time.

DA councilor Tiny Doraine Ramathabatha-Chidi said yesterday the party had repeatedly called for an ad hoc committee to monitor the EPWP program but all had been in vain.

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