The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) takes note of the serious concerns raised by Auditor General Terence Nombembe with regards to the poor management of supply chains, service delivery and human resources within South African local government structures.

IMATU will closely study the Auditor General’s local government reports when released to ascertain whether its concerns and suggestions detailed in a recent meeting with the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Richard Baloyi have been noted and addressed.

IMATU met with the Minister Baloyi late last year to detail the challenges faced by its members as well as re-committing to better service delivery for all. IMATU leaders outlined concerns regarding the erosion of municipal services through privatization, increasing trends of employment casualization, infrastructure failures in municipalities as well as the dire need to eradicate nepotism, fraud, corruption and other criminal activities in and around the municipal structures.

“IMATU is committed to working towards achieving an efficient and sustainable service delivery model at local government level, however the commitment of our members on the ground must be matched by decisive implementation and political will at the top,” stated IMATU General Secretary,” Johan Koen.