Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba wants to know if its prospective employees hold any political office.

This is stated in a new job application form for the city, which compels applicants to disclose political positions – permanent or temporary.

SA Municipal Workers Union regional secretary Bafana Zungu said the question was abnormal. “Why must one declare their political affiliation?”

He said he’s never heard of such a requirement and that Samwu was not consulted by the city prior to the introduction of the question on application forms.

The ANC in Johannesburg, however, has described the move as “unfair and sinister”.

Spokesman Jolidee Matongo said the question was invalid for prospective employees who should be hired on merit.

“It’s unfair that a city should ask potential employees such a question as appointment should not be done on party-political allegiances.”

Matongo said when the ANC was still governing the city, all deserving potential employees stood a chance.