Row over probe of certificates

WORKERS at the Aganang municipality have continued with their sit-in at the municipal buildings, demanding fair and transparent treatment.

WORKERS at the Aganang municipality have continued with their sit-in at the municipal buildings, demanding fair and transparent treatment.

The action follows the alleged "unfair" notice of suspension of a technician.

Tshepo Sathekge was reportedly investigated on allegations of submitting false qualifications to be offered the job.

At the centre of the row are claims that this discovery was only made recently after Sathekge had worked at the municipality for more than two years.

Members of the South African Municipal Workers' Union said they believed the move was aimed at victimising Sathekge

"Our concern is that the municipality is accusing Sathekge of submitting fraudulent qualifications, yet they are the ones that employed him in the first place," said Samwu chairperson Kgabo Magoete.

He said they were not aware of any audit being conducted on employees' qualifications.

"We want to know how Sathekge got appointed since the advertisement for the post clearly indicated that the person to be appointed would be vetted before being employed," he said.

Magoete said they wanted the official who appointed Sathekge to be suspended for failing to advise management "correctly" about the appointment.

But Sowetan yesterday learnt that Sathekge had tendered his resignation.

Municipal manager Ramakuntwane Selepe yesterday confirmed that Sathekge had resigned and that the municipality had accepted his decision.

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