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Community services director in the Greater Tzaneen local municipality, Obby Mkhombo, has dragged the municipality to the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) in protest against the appointment of another director in his department.
The two parties will appear at the SALGBC this week.
Mkhombo has headed the department for the past 10 years.
The municipality has ostensibly divided the department into two - transport, safety, security and liaison; and community services - to accommodate Mopani district ANC veteran Vincent Maake.
Municipal mayor Othaniel Mushwane confirmed yesterday that Maake was appointed last month to head transport, safety and liaison.
Mkhombo, who has seen the municipality winning award after award during his tenure, said the appointment was "unfair and unspeakable".
"This is tantamount to demotion. I want the municipality to explain why I was demoted," said Mkhombo.
Maake, who is Sepedi speaking, was engineering manager in the same municipality until 2005 when his contract was not renewed.
Critics said Maake was removed from the engineering department because it was involved in awarding tenders from which a certain ethnic group of people wanted to benefit.
The Maake debacle comes at a time when the municipality has a R20million overdraft.