Vilakazi’s pay to be reviewed

2009-05-10 00:00

THE salary hike of the municipal manager for uMngeni Municipality, Dumisani Vilakazi, to R1,3 million per annum will be re-evaluated.

This decision follows a meeting held between KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Willies Mchunu, and the Mayor of uMngeni Municipality, Edward Dladla, on Monday.

In a joint press statement yesterday, Mchunu and Dladla said two main issues were discussed — the Section 106 investigation and its associated forensic report and the salary packages of the municipal manager and all other senior staff.

Regarding the forensic report, it was noted that uMngeni Municipality has raised certain concerns related to the process followed in undertaking the investigation, including the legality of subpoenas issued during the process.

It was noted that uMngeni Municipality has commissioned an independent private firm to conduct an internal investigation into similar matters as the official investigation.

“This investigation is being undertaken in accordance with the original terms of reference specified by the MEC of Local Government, and will be completed by July 31, 2009.

“It was agreed that the department would take senior counsel opinion on the legal concerns raised by the municipality,” said the statement.

The MEC decided to wait on the council’s internal investigation, which is expected to be completed by July 31, before any further consideration of this matter is undertaken, the statement said.

“It was further agreed that a technical team comprising of senior managers drawn from the departments of Local Government, Treasury and the municipality would undertake an analysis of the salary structure of the municipality …”

It was also decided “to do a comparative analysis of the salary structures of other municipalities similar to the uMngeni Municipality,” the statement added.

This will be done to determine the appropriateness of the municipality’s salary structure, especially the remuneration of the municipal manager, it said.

“As a matter of principle, the premier and the entire ANC provincial government are committed to clean governance.

“All acts of misuse of taxpayers’ money will be investigated, and if there is any wrongdoing, punitive steps will be taken after due process,” said Mchunu.

Mchunu said he is satisfied with the process undertaken at uMngeni Municipality.

He said he is certain that together with the affected municipality, more can be done to promote and maintain clean governance.

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