Izinduna on warpath after Zuma’s hollow pay promise

2016-03-18 10:00
Nomusa Dube-Ncube. Picture: Jabulani Langa

Nomusa Dube-Ncube. Picture: Jabulani Langa

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Pietermaritzburg - The Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department will need nearly R800 million if it is ordered to back pay traditional leaders their increased stipends, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube told members of the finance portfolio committee on Thursday.

In 2014, President Jacob Zuma signed a proclamation promulgating an increase in the stipends paid to izinduna from R1 300 to R8 600 per month.

The department verified 3 100 izinduna in the province, and there are ongoing talks between the provincial and national treasuries on getting funds for this unfunded mandate.

Should it become necessary to back pay the izinduna their increased stipends from 2013, the department would need R787 936 300.

The department was allocated a total of R1,55 billion for this financial year.

“There is no way we can repriotise, because the whole budget that is needed for izinduna is the entire budget of the department,” said Dube-Ncube.

She said there needed to be clear legislation on the issue of traditional leaders before the issue could be finalised.

In the past, izinduna had threatened not to allow voter registration to take place in their areas if their stipends were not paid.

It took a meeting with President Jacob Zuma to convince them to allow the programme to continue in their areas.

Dube-Ncube said the issue of stipends had caused instability in some tribal areas.

“Some chiefs are firing izinduna and are appointing their friends and relatives to the positions.

“There is nothing that the department can do because izinduna do not report to government; they report to the chiefs who appoint them,” she said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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