Johannesburg Mayor, Geoff Makhubo.

Johannesburg – he Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr. Geoffrey Makhubo, has called the Democratic Alliance “politically disingenuous” for claims of cadre deployment in the city by the opposition party.

Councillior Leahs Knott of the Democratic Alliance wrote a letter to the office of the mayor raising concerns on the conversion of the employment status of employees in Political offices.

In his response, the mayor said the conversion of the employment status of employees in Political offices takes place after a well thought out process, including consideration of the remuneration-revenue ratio, relevant policies of the city, decided case law, duties and responsibilities of the employees, and their levels of influence on decisions of the City

Mayor Makhubo says the conversion was also done to redress the challenge of displaced employees within the administration.

According to the City, the process is intended to provide institutional stability and continuation.

“Contrary to what the DA has falsely claimed, employees above level 5, that is, from deputy directors and up, are not affected by the conversion. The intended beneficiaries are junior staff levels with no managerial duties. Some of those who will benefit from the conversions include those who were employed during and by the previous (DA-led) administration.”

Some of the employees who were contracted during the DA-led government voluntarily left the service of the city after the change of administration in 2019. Those who were employed during the DA tenure and remained after its end, will also benefit from the conversion provided they are below the threshold.

Some of the employees who were contracted during the DA-led government voluntarily left the service of the city after the change of administration in 2019. Those who were employed during the DA tenure and remained after its end, will also benefit from the conversion provided they are below the threshold.

According to the Mayor, the conversion has no extra financial implications on the city as these are not new posts but a conversion of already existing and budgeted posts into permanent contracts.

In a damning response, the mayor said “it is therefore, incorrect and politically disingenuous for the DA to insinuate that these are political appointments”.

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