Workers at the Mangaung Metro Municipality in Bloemfontein in the Free State have closed the entrance to the municipal building with burning tyres and rubble over non-payment of salaries.
They claim that some woke up to amounts of as little as R27 paid into their accounts.
They have vowed to protest until they receive what is due to them.
Meanwhile, the Mangaung Metro Municipality says management of salaries and overtime payments has become a burden to the municipal budget.
The National Intervention Team deployed to assist in resolving the metro’s financial crisis will institute an investigation into the matter.
It is also alleged that there has been mismanagement of funds.
Municipal Spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, says: “We can’t provide other services as a result of overtime. Now the management of overtime is very critical in the city and this is one of the things the national intervention is focusing on.”
National Intervention Team
Meanwhile, a National Intervention Team has been roped in to assist the embattled Mangaung Metro Municipality. This is directed at supporting the metro to improve its finances and capacity to deliver on its mandate.
The metro has since pledged to support the strategic team that national government has deployed after it placed it under administration.
Last week, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma visited the metro for a strategic follow-up engagement.
Details of the visit in the report below:
-Additional reporting by Aphumelele Mdlalane