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'I'll wage war until council pays me'

By Michael Sakuneka | Feb 01, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A GREATER Letaba Municipal employee, who was relieved of his post after he allegedly joined Cope more than a year ago, says he wants the municipality to pay him all his benefits.

Jerry Machethe of Nakampe village in Bolobedu near Modjadjiskloof says when he was appointed a messenger in October 2006 he was promised a monthly allowance of R851, but was allegedly dismissed before he could be paid.

Machethe says he will wage war on the municipality until they pay him.

The unhealthy relationship between Machethe and the municipality started about 18 month ago after he was demoted and his salary allegedly cut from R2233 to R379, 53 a month.

He was also supposed to earn R879 as acting allowance, which the municipality reportedly failed to pay him for a period of 18 months.

"Instead of paying what is due to me the municipality continued to stick to charges that were levelled at me."

He says his ordeal started in December 2008, when former Greater Letaba municipality mayor Joshua Matlou allegedly instructed municipal manager Isaiah Mutshinyali to fire him because he had joined Cope. They feared he could use state resources to lobby support for the party.

Machethe explains that at the time of his .dismissal, he had already won 12 of the 13 charges levelled at him.

He is still going for arbitration to deal with the last charge accusing him of insulting the municipal manager.

Greater Letaba municipality spokesperson Vyida Rakubu, says she is unaware of Machethe's intentions but promises that the matter will be investigated.

But Rakubu says Machethe should get in touch with the municipality if he had problems.


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