Report to be tabled for eThekwini VIP security salaries

2016-02-23 13:51

Durban – The eThekwini Metro Executive Committee (Exco) has tasked the Community and Emergency Services portfolio to deal with its contentious VIP security salaries matter.

Around 25 members of the Exco VIP security detail disrupted the Exco meeting on Tuesday, demanding their salary grievances be heard.

Security guards - many of whom are with the speaker, mayor, deputy mayor and other top tier officials on a daily basis - said they had been on a Grade 7 salary scale (R88 000 – R116 000) since 2005 and that their concerns were not being properly addressed by officials.

The matter was briefly discussed on Tuesday at Exco when DA members asked for a memorandum that was previously handed over to officials be included in the minutes of the meeting.

"I think it would be prudent to include this memorandum in the minutes of the meeting so we know that this is on the record," the DA’s Zwakele Mncwango said.

Zandile Gumede, chairperson of the Community Emergency Services portfolio, said that while a memorandum was handed to her, it was not discussed during the previous Exco.

"This was given to us and we will draw and present a report in the relevant portfolio committee."

Security matters have previously plagued the eThekwini Metro.

In 2014, the Sunday Tribune reported that one private security guard sometimes cost at least R220 000 a month and cost the city R3.2m a month in total.

"Each bodyguard costs R71 000 a month, a rented car R22 000, and a driver R35 000," the paper reported.

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