uMngeni Municipality: Salaries under fire before

2009-06-10 00:00

This is the second time in the past two years that uMngeni Municipality has come under fire for its massive salary increases to senior managers.

The latest to express concern on the salary packages is the ANC in the region. According to reports, the ANC in the midlands are to work towards getting the salaries cut.

In 2007 there was stinging criticism in the KZN Legislature over municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi’s total salary package of R1 million.

Chair of the finance portfolio committee, Belinda Scott, said at the time that the municipality, which had appeared before the committee, had been dishonourable. She said they had not reported this salary package in the 2007/08 financial statements.

The DA’s Roger Burrows pointed out that Vilakazi would be be earning more than the Moseneke Commission had recommended.

This commission, chaired by deputy chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, considered the remuneration of public office bearers. He also asked how the payment of performance bonuses on top of a 13th cheque could be justified.

Newly appointed MEC for local government Willies Mchunu was visiting municipalities in Utrecht and Amajuba yesterday and was unavailable to comment.

His spokesman, Lennox Mabaso, said the MEC would comment shortly.

Mabaso said the MEC had to hold urgent meetings in northern KZN because municipalities there are facing delays in the approval of their budgets.

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