The Rustenburg Local Municipality has learnt with dismay about the actions of employees at the electrical department, who cut electricity supply to residents at about 01:30 am this morning. An urgent meeting convened by the Executive Mayor – Councillor Mpho Khunou, the Municipal Manager Mr. Victor Makona, Director – Technical and Infrastructure Services as well as the management team at electrical department reflected on this situation earlier this morning.
The Municipality, will be issuing letters to the implicated individuals to initiate consequence management processes, as the City views this as an action of sabotage to the residents of Rustenburg and the RLM. The employees went on strike after their claims for over-time where not approved by the Accounting Officer. Internal Audit processes, revealed that the claims for over-time were fraudulent and had the over-time claims been paid that would have resulted in irregular and unauthorised expenditure.
Further to this, it has come to the attention of the Municipality that the employees demanded Covid-19 danger allowances, which have not been budgeted for nor have been sanctioned by the City Council. An attempt to process these payments, would have equally translated to unauthorised expenditure on the part of the Municipality. The leadership collective has also resolved to register a case with the South African Police Services, for further investigation into this matter.
The RLM has already deployed officials from the Public Safety Directorate at all of the City’s electrical sub-stations, to ensure that the electrical supply interruption is not repeated. Additionally, teams have already been deployed which will be accompanied by law enforcement officials, to ensure that all affected areas have their electricity supply restored.