Lack of phones irks staff
A LEGAL dispute between the Bushbuckridge municipality and a company appointed to install communication systems, including phones and the Internet for the municipality, has been blamed for the six-year-long unavailability of cellphones at a traffic station and a municipality building.
The offices in Thulamahashe were supposed to have had phones and faxes installed in 2003, but that has not happened.
"It is not a joke anymore; we are forced to use our personal cellphones to contact people who are supposed to be called by our office," said a senior traffic cop who asked not the be identified.
"We've tried everything to get the municipality to install the phones but it never happened."
Matome Malatji, the Bushbuckridge municipality spokesman, confirmed that some of the municipality's offices were without phones and attributed the problem to a legal dispute.
He said the municipality was facing financial challenges but denied that it was bankrupt as suggested by many.