‘City hasn’t paid us’ - former councillors

2016-11-30 06:00

MSUNDUZI’s former councillors are facing the possibility of their worst Christmas ever.

They have not received their promised once-off gratuity payment that was supposed to cover three months’ salary while the councillors wait for their pension fund to pay out.

The councillors did not return to council after the local government elections in August.

Of the 37 ward councillors, who had served in the previous term in Msunduzi, 24 did not return.

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said there are 5 222 councillors nationally who are eligible to receive the payment.

KZN Cogta said only 44% of councillors in the province were re-elected.

Cogta national spokesperson Legadima Leso said there were no delays in the payment of former councillors, but added that the process usually takes some time.

This is despite the department earlier saying that the payment will provide financial cover to the former councillors while they wait for their pension funds to be paid out.

“In 2011, it took more than 12 months. We are trying to make sure the councillors receive their money before the end of the year,” he said.

Former Ward 22 councillor Patrick Jaca said life had become difficult for former councillors, who served only one term and those who did not have an alternative income.

“It is painful. Their cars are being repossessed, some have been cut off from their medical aid.”

Jaca said Cogta should have been upfront with the former councillors and told them payment would be delayed.

“I feel like we are being undermined. They did not even tell us where to direct our queries regarding the gratuity payment,” he said.

Former Ward 8 councillor Bethwell Ngcobo said the last time he received any update about the gratuity payment was before the elections.

“It makes things difficult when you are promised money and given wrong timelines. You budget around that promised money, but it does not come,” he said.

Another former Msunduzi councillor, who asked not to be named, described the non-payment as “irresponsible”.

“This tells me there is no professionalism on the part of who-ever is responsible for this,” said the former councillor.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha and South African Local Government Association spokesperson Tahir Sema did not reply to queries sent to them.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Fascinating facts about dogs

Think you know a lot about dogs? How many of these facts do you know?



Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Fascinating facts about dogs
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.