On Tuesday, 19 June 2018 Political Analysis South Africa spoke to Sivuyile Mbambato, who is the Spokesperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
SALGA faces a possible de-registration as an association after labour registrar, Lehlohonolo Molefe said the association breached sections of the Labour Relations Act.
In a statement, SALGA lodged an objection to the accusation that it has not complied with section 98 and 99 of the LRA.
SALGA has also been accused of having breached section 100 of the LRA, which requires labour organisations to provide records of the number of its members, their financial statements and names of the organisation’s office bearers. SALGA says that it will be engaging with the registrar to address this matter accordingly.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has threatened to withdraw from SALGA and withhold its membership fees for 2018/19. The party has cited alleged political bias within the association saying that SALGA prioritises ANC held municipalities. The DA has also expressed its concerns over the amounts spent for administrative costs at the association, at the expense of the programs of the association.
Mbambato says that it is concerning that the DA is threatening to withdraw from SALGA. He says that the organisation is willing to engage with the party to iron out their issues.
“As an organisation we will be concerned about that, hence we have said publicly we are engaging with them to iron out any reasons that might have led them to believe what they believe,” Mbambato said.
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