Transport HOD defying labour ruling

Harold McGluwa, MPL

DA Northern Cape: Provincial Chairperson Spokesperson on Transport, Safety & Liaison

It has been over 200 days since the initial arrest of Transport, Safety & Liaison Head of Department, Stephen Jonkers.

He faces serious criminal charges relating to corruption, fraud and violating the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), and to date no action has been taken by Premier Sylvia Lucas and MEC Mac Jack against him.

The DA recently revealed another alleged corrupt activity in the department related to Jonkers appointing two contractors on one learner transport route.

However only one company actually provides the learner transport, but both firms invoice the department for payment.

We have received another tip-off from within the department indicating that Jonkers has chosen to defy a legally binding bargaining council resolution.

The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council passed Resolution 1 of 2012  which amended a previous resolution that had seen employees on levels 10 and 12 get paid less than their grade.

The amendment resolution was collectively agreed to, and signed by the Department of Public Service & Administration, along with all unions represented in the public service.

However in a show of a complete disregard for the law, Jonkers proceeded to defy this agreement, even in the face of an instruction by then MEC Mabilo.

In a twist, Jonkers then sent threatening letters to the affected staff, asking them to justify why they should have the collective agreement, which is law, implemented.

This is further evidence that Jonkers must be suspended immediately without pay until all cases against him have been resolved.

The DA strongly condemns the inaction against the charged HOD.

We have already written to the Public Service Commission’s Director-General, Prof. Richard Levin, requesting that they investigate the Jonkers matter.

I will also write to the national Minister of Public Service & Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu, and will be submitting the letter we received anonymously as evidence.