The monthly Umdoni Council meeting held on Wednesday, October 25, at the Scottburgh Town Hall, was disrupted when a group of youngsters stormed the meeting and demanded to address the councillors.
It was later learnt that the pressure group comprised members of the Anti-Deployment Association (ADA). They entered the hall and occupied the chairs reserved for observers and after a while became very vocal and rushed towards the stage where the Speaker, Mayor and Acting Municipal Manager were seated.
Without any official adjournment and avoiding confrontation, the Speaker, Mayor and Acting MM left the stage and most of the councillors then went to the adjoining dining hall and took tea.
Speaking to the Rising Sun ADA Chairperson, Xolani Ntini said that after his group had left the hall, they went to the boardroom where they aired their grievances to Councillors Ngwane and Hlongwa who are also youth champions.
The councillors advised that they would get back to them after the November 29 Council meeting.
Ntini stated that the ADA is very critical of Umdoni Municipality’s recruitment practices, citing a recent example where a number of posts were advertised and after applications were filed they were told that the posts had been frozen. No official has admitted to the freezing of the posts but it has since been learned that it was ANC councillors who had requested that the posts be frozen.
The ADA has directed its anger at the HR manager who they claim, is the source of their problems with Umdoni.
Ntini stated that whilst officials had urged him to follow procedure, he had a paper trail of queries and requests which were not addressed by officials.
He stated that should the Municipality properly deal with the alleged corruption in the HR Department by the middle of February 2018, the ADA would mobilise protest action and shut the Municipality down.