Businesses shut down the Lekwa Municipality on 6 March, alleging rampant corruption and maladministration by the municipal manager Ms Gugulethu Mhlongo Ntshangase.
They arrived at about 6am and locked the municipal gate, barring entry to employees and denying any form of service.
They questioned Municipal Regulation Section 32 that permits the municipality to extend contracts that are coming to an end.
“They use it to avoid tendering for new projects, leaving it open to abuse as these contracts may be given to their cronies or family members,” Mr Phanuel Manana said.
He believes it provides a loophole for corruption and the clause needs to be examined, but in light of the existence of Section 36, that provides for deviations from and ratification of minor breaches of procurement processes, Section 32 is actually unnecessary.
He also alleged a document shows a list of companies that were granted projects, having been paid without the relevant signatories.
Mr Linda Dhlamini, executive mayor, denied any knowledge of such at a meeting on 5 March.
Employees were split on this matter with some supporting the protest, saying there is too much corruption and drastic changes need to be made.
Police arrived on the scene, opened the gate and monitored the situation.
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