Getrude Makhafola
Premium Journalist
5 minute read
2 Jun 2022
5:46 pm

Mangaung ghost workers hold city manager hostage, force him to sign off millions in salaries

Getrude Makhafola

Mangaung acting city manager's hostage takers threatened to throw him from the 12th floor of the metro's headquarters over unpaid salaries.

Mangaung Metro Public Employment Program (PEP) workers protest outside municipal offices at Bram Fisher Building for unpaid salaries on May 27, 2022 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo: Gallo Images/Volksblad/Mlungisi Louw)

At least 163 ghost workers at the Free State’s Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality continue to get paid while sitting at home, after they allegedly held the acting city manager hostage, forcing him to sign off on the illegal payments. Sources at the beleaguered council, now under the control of the national Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), said acting city manager Tebogo Motlashuping was held hostage by some of the ghost employees, who threatened to throw him out of the 12th floor window at the municipal Bram Fischer building if he refused to sign for payments. Motlashuping, who was...