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CT clamps down on corrupt municipal staff

The city says close to 500 staff members have been dismissed over the past 3 years.

FILE: The City of Cape Town says unethical behaviour won’t be tolerated within the municipality. Picture: Calhoun Mathews/Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says close to 500 of its staff members have been dismissed over the past three years following disciplinary action taken against them for a range of transgressions including corruption.

These transgressions include excessive tardiness and fighting, undeclared business dealings, soliciting bribes and the stealing of municipal property.

The municipality says the dismissals occurred across the board and involved a range of staff members in various directorates.

The city's Zara Nicholson says unethical behaviour won't be tolerated within the municipality.

"These processes of dismissals were conducted in line with the Labour Relations Act which for the city was a time-consuming and costly process. The city's message is clear that corruption, theft and unethical behaviour simply do not pay."