Several vehicles belonging to the City of Joburg will be sold at auction to recover the legal costs of 130 workers that were dismissed by the City in April.
The workers were dismissed after their contracts were deemed illegal by the multi-party coalition. The coalition accused the previous ANC administration in the City of illegally giving workers permanent jobs.
The court had also issued an interdict prohibiting the City from taking further action against the workers. Despite this, the workers were dismissed in April.
“The first case was won by the employees. The Labour Court had granted that the council should not implement its decision pending the outcome of the bargaining council resolutions. That interdict granted a cost order to the City, a cost order that included a cost of two senior advocates,” Machaba said.
Machaba said the City owed the legal counsel for the workers around R500 000. He said the sheriff had already identified at least five cars belonging to the City that could be auctioned off.
“The city was given an opportunity to settle this money three weeks ago they did not. On Thursday last week the sheriff had attached five vehicles belonging to the residents of the City,” Machaba said.
ANC councillor Sihle Nguse said there was a plot to get rid of everything which smells of the ANC. He said this was not the first group of workers to be purged by the DA administration. The DA had attempted to purge around 800 workers when they came into power in the city in 2016.
“If you are not DA aligned you will never get a critical position in the City of Johannesburg. They even get people who are not experts, the purging of black executives in the city really worries us,” Nguse said.