All is not well in Emfuleni which is turning out to be going through mfecane. As the local authority is still grappling with property seizure by Eskom to settle a R2.3 billion power debt, another huge trouble has just landed on its incoming tray.
Employees of EPWP have just stormed into Emfuleni offices demanding an audience with council’s Chief Financial Officer Andile Dyakala, in connection with their outstanding February salaries. Water being piped into Emfuleni homes will be rendered unsafe to drink if employees stop reporting for duty due to the unpaid salaries.
Dyakala is starring suspension after the Sheriff of the High Court descended on the municipal offices and seized furniture and vehicles. Dyakala is the fall guy, who is accused of failing to prioritise servicing the Eskom debt as per the repayment plan.
Angry workers barricaded entrance into the municipality building with stones. They also littered the area surrounding OK building where the municipality operates from with rubble and garbage from bins.
Project manager Themba Nxumalo had torrid time trying to contain the anger of his subordinates who closed President Kruger Street with burning papers.
Municipal Communications Manager, Stanley Gaba did not response to questions sent to him.
Efforts to speak to Dyakala drew blanks.