Double salaried mayor sacked

2012-01-14 13:49

A North West mayor accused of drawing two government salaries is on her way out after a vote of no confidence was overwhelmingly passed by her colleagues this week.

A total of 38 out of 41 councillors of Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality in North West endorsed the motion to oust mayor Phaladi Saku.

City Press last month exposed how Saku continued to draw the salary of an educational specialist from the provincial education department for months even though she became a councillor and mayor after the May 2011 elections.

Saku took home R38 900 as mayor and an additional R14 000 a month from the department.

Kagiso Moshounyana, Congress of the People councillor, who tabled the motion to fire Saku, said the mayor contravened the Municipal Systems Act, which does not allow her to draw two salaries from government.

He said the mayor also failed to respond to the allegations once they were in the public domain.

Saku failed to respond to City Press questions at the time the first story was published.

When the motion of no confidence was proposed, even Saku’s colleagues in the ANC did not oppose it apparently after consulting senior party leaders in the province on the matter.

ANC councillor Bafana Tshenepe said the no confidence motion was “overwhelmingly accepted”.

“Not even a single ANC member blocked the motion. The mayor could not go out in public and say the story was unfounded because she knows it’s true,” said Tshenepe.

Saku and two other councillors were absent from Tuesday’s meeting when the motion was passed.

Provincial education spokesperson Gershwin Chuenyane said: “We have written a letter to her and indicated that the money will be deducted from her pension.

This normally happens to departmental employees who have debts due to the department”.

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