Three officials paid for one job

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Controversy continues to plague the troubled BaPhalaborwa municipality in Limpopo.

Two of its officials were paid cellphone and travel allowances for acting as municipal managers, and suspended municipal manager Isaiah Nyathi was also paid while being under suspension.

In March, the municipality paid the allowances to Maite Bopape, while also paying the same allowances to advocate Anderson Mudunungu, who had also been suspended.

Bopape, the director for corporate services, was appointed acting municipal manager in place of Mudunungu, who was allegedly advised to take leave because he was being investigated for sexual harassment.

His secretary claimed that Mudunungu had pressed her against a wall in his office and kissed her against her will.

Municipal spokesman Elliot Ramachela yesterday admitted that three officials were paid for the same post. He said that any person acting in a managerial position for more than 10 days was entitled to be paid.

"By law, the BaPhalaborwa municipality was forced to pay all three officials to comply with the Labour Relations Act. And that is exactly what we did," said Ramachela.