A DEMOCRATIC Alliance MPL says members of her party were fired because of their political affiliation.
In a letter to legislature chief whip Humphrey Maxhegwana, Veliswa Mvenya said King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality councillor Nogwebile Roji had fired painters at an RDP housing project because of they were members of the DA.
Roji is a ward councillor Rosedale village in Mthatha.
She has denied the allegations, saying the workers were fired because they were employed unprocedurally.
Mvenya said the same ward councillor instructed that homes of DA-aligned residents in the ward be denied toilets.
“I have received several complaints about the way the ward councillor [in] Ward 13 is treating DA members.
“There was a project of toilet provision for the community members of this ward.
“She allegedly instructed that some houses whose [owners] belong to the DA should be excluded from the service,” wrote Mvenya.
“There is also a project that is currently under way, painting of RDP houses.
“She instructed the supervisor to expel the two DA members because the community does not like them,” said Mvenya.
She added: “[The] supervisor could not do it as it is against SA laws.
“She then [on June 10] personally went to expel them.”
Maxhegwana confirmed receiving the letter yesterday and said he had forwarded it to KSD chief whip Dumani Zozo.
Zozo yesterday said he was in a meeting and would get back to the Dispatch.
However, no by the print.
Roji said the reason the DA members were removed was because at her ward they had collected a list of unemployed people so that when a project came up, they would know who should be hired.
“The list is with the ward committee.
“They were not on that list,” said Roji. “There is is no one in my ward without a toilet,” she added.
One of the workers reportedly fired said she didn’t want to speak to the media, fearing victimisation.
Another, Nosiphumle Ntshuntsha, said they were called to the councillor’s house and told that the ANC did not offer jobs for the DA.
The contractor, who is only known as Nolwandle, could not be reached for comment. — call had been received time of going to press.