Pay for izinduna ‘problematic’

2017-03-15 15:02
Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube had even gone to Zuma and the commission on remuneration of office bearers to say that the department does not have the money to pay izinduna.

Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube had even gone to Zuma and the commission on remuneration of office bearers to say that the department does not have the money to pay izinduna. (File)

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The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has said any hope it had of receiving a clean audit will be “muddied” if it has to pay KZN izinduna more than R125 million.

Izinduna are the leaders in villages and they report to amakhosi.

Acting head of the department Thando Tubane told a finance portfolio committee at the legislature on Tuesday, that the dream might remain a pipe dream.

Tubane said the department will not be able to account for the millions it will pay to izinduna when auditor-general (AG) Kimi Makwetu reveals his findings at the end of the financial year.

“The AG will knock at our door and say you have given money to pay izinduna, now you must account for it. When we go to amakhosi, they will tell us that izinduna answer to them and question our relevance. It is a challenge and a predicament,” he said.

The department is expected to pay half of the R252,3 million izinduna salary bill.

Provincial government has insisted that it does not have the funds to pay izinduna despite President Jacob Zuma signing the proclamation in 2014.

MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube had even gone to Zuma and the commission on remuneration of office bearers to say that the department does not have the money.

Tubane admitted that there was an inaccurate database of izinduna in the province.

He said there had been a spike of appointments since the announcement was made that izinduna would be paid, saying some izinduna had been sidelined by amakhosi.

Some programmes which are economic drivers, such as the local development programme, had been cut to fund izinduna, the committee heard yesterday.

Tubane said the department did not have money to back pay izinduna, the total figure is said to be more than R1,3 billion. The committee also heard that the Citation of Constitutional Laws Act (Act 5 of 2005) classifies izinduna as volunteers.

Members of the committee raised concerns over the payment.

“We are creating an environment where a person is paid by birth. Amakhosi are paid by birth and izinduna are paid by appointment by amakhosi. There is no performance agreement between those two categories of traditional leadership. You get paid by virtue of your status,” said ANC MPL Cyril Xaba.

He said this will be problematic if the department is not happy about the performance of a certain induna, saying they cannot hold izinduna accountable because they are not reporting to the department.


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