Mpho Phalatse

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

Axed City of Johannesburg employees ‘set the record straight’

At least 130 employees have been axed by the City of Johannesburg, the workers have been handed their termination letters.

Mpho Phalatse

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

Axed City of Johannesburg employees have accused the Executive Mayor, Mpho Phalatse of using their ’employment’ as a political tool to harass them in public. The DA-led multi-party government in the City of Johannesburg has rescinded the conversion of fixed-term contracts to permanent employment of 130 staff.

Phalatse held a media briefing on Thursday regarding the “irregular” employment. The decision came after the new council declared the conversion of their contracts unlawful.


During the briefing Phalatse said the decision is not political. “There’s a difference between political office and the administration. Political office handles political work. Yes, you may have people who are apolitical but every administration has a right to interview people who understand their mandate,” she said.

The workers were handed termination letters and a six-month salary payout

In a joint statement the workers said in March 2021, their fixed-term contracts were converted to permanent contracts in the City of Johannesburg following a process we believe involved the Human Resources and Legal departments of the City. 

“Our understanding is that the Labour Relations, Human Resources and Legal departments of the City were the responsible departments for the conversions and acted upon them in line with the relevant policies and regulations applicable to Talent Acquisition in the City,” the workers said/

“As it stands, we have been accused of being illegally employed by the City. We wish to clarify that as the affected employees, we applied for vacancies that had been advertised by the City, we were interviewed and subsequently employed based on meeting the requirements as stated in the adverts and performing well in the interview process. We are also career professionals and joined the City from various public and private organisations. 

“Amongst us are employees who have worked tirelessly for the City and for various Mayors over a period of eight years and who do not take kindly to the attacks and insinuations made by the new administration. We reject the idea that we are ‘ANC Caucus’ staff members and challenge the Mayor, without prejudice of our constitutional rights to association, to prove this assertion.” 

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