PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma's remarks about municipal workers holding leadership positions in political parties has "disturbed" the SA Municipal Workers' Union.
Zuma's comments were "part of a concerted effort to depoliticise and deunionise the public service, which could be disastrous for the country and the working class", the union said yesterday.
It would discuss the matter with the ANC's leadership.
Zuma, speaking in Kimberley at the ANC's 98th anniversary celebrations on Saturday, said the party intended to make local government a key focus for service provision in 2010.
"We are of the view that municipal employees should not hold leadership positions in political parties ... and we will tighten our deployment procedures to ensure that we deploy comrades with political integrity and professional competence."
Samwu was "saddened" by the remarks and described them as "worrying" and "constitutionally and politically unnecessary".
The ANC has long conceded there were problems at local government level. In 2009 many communities protested against poor service delivery a short while into Zuma's term as president.
Corruption, factionalism, nepotism and poor delivery were at the root of many of the violent protests occurring across the country.
The party had conducted an audit of the state of the country's municipalities, and is due to be released early this year. - Sapa