Embattled Emfuleni municipality loses all vehicles as sheriff swoops
Council in trouble after workers lose wages from council downgrading salary scales, allegedly without due processes
The Emfuleni Local Municipality is having a rough few weeks. At the end of September, Eskom attached the local council’s bank account, and on Tuesday morning a legal dispute with an employee resulted in the local sheriff attaching all official vehicles on the premises.
This will further affect the council’s ability to provide services to its residents — something it has already been accused of failing or struggling to do. The sheriff’s actions also affect 24 vehicles, worth more than R2m, which were officially added to the fleet at the municipality’s Duncanville depot in mid September.
The attaching of the vehicles comes as a result of one of six different cases over adjustment of job levels, which have been filed in the Gauteng labour court, dating back to 2016. According to court documents, in the possession of Sunday Times Daily, the main contentions were whether the municipal council could amend or downgrade employee job levels on its own, and whether the decisions were of a permanent or interim nature...