Mayor of City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Geoff Makhubo, has blamed the city’s financial woes on a decision by his predecessor, Herman Mashaba, to insource thousands of workers who were previously working for third parties contracted to the city.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday at the council chamber in Braamfontein, Makhubu said the insourcing has so far cost the city almost half a billion rand. Johannesburg Metro is now on the verge of a financial collapse because of this, he said.
The metro started insourcing security officers and cleaners in 2018, with Mashaba winning lots of praise for that. “We have found some serious irregularities in the process of insourcing. The initially targeted numbers to be insourced were 2910, based on the posts available. These officers at the date of the decision were employees of security companies and they were deployed to the city. We've currently insourced over 5021 security officers,” Makhubu said.
He added that his administration now found that 2110 were “illegally recruited without the legal process of employment being followed. “This is the abuse of city processes to meet party political ends...to maintain the status core. Currently the city requires R320 million to pay overtime due to insourced officers from April 2018, and has a shortfall of R400 million. This is money taken away from service delivery to cover what we call political patronage,” he said.