Expelled councillors not paid

2016-07-08 06:00

TENSION ran high between ANC councillors at a recent special council meeting because they have not received their June salary.

Two councillors, Thozama Madikizela and Ntomboxolo Mqikela, did not get paid after being expelled by the ruling party for allegedly joining opposition parties.
Councillors Monde Nondabula, Tshidiso Mohlakoana, Vatiswa Ncukana, and Martha Dlakavu have been accused of not attending council meetings and are in the same boat.

On Wednesday, ANC councillors, including speaker Zolani Mhlongo, mayor Nosisa Jojozi, and deputy mayor Beki Mtolo caucused for an hour before the start of the meeting, but Dlakavu, who was part of the caucus left before the meeting began.

After the caucus acting municipal manager Andile Vellem said there was only one item on the agenda, that of not paying councillors.

He told the councillors his office received a letter that threatened to take the municipality to court because it hasn’t paid the expelled councillors, Mqikela and Madikizela.
A letter from Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) was also acknowledged during the meeting which gave three reasons why the municipality refused to pay a councillor. According to Cogta, a councillor­ should not receive his or her salary if the councillor is deceased, has resigned or has been fired by the municipality.

Chief ANC whip, Phumzile Nocanda, pointed fingers at Mqikela and Madikizela for undermining the ruling party. “You can’t demand a salary from a party you don’t work for. These two councillors, Mqikela and Madikizela, are no longer ANC members and they must not get their salaries,” said Nocanda.

Deputy mayor Beki Mtolo, an ANC mayoral candidate for the Greater Kokstad Municipality, warned counclillors that the municipality should be wise when dealing with this matter because government is losing court cases for not getting legal advice.
However, council took a resolution to pay Mohlakoana, Nondabula and Ncukana.
According to council, councillors Mqikela, Madikizela and Dlakavu, who are accused of joining EFF, will not get their salaries unless the court orders the municipality repay them.

A letter from Co-operative Governance and Traditional
Affairs (Cogta) was also acknowledged during the meeting which gave three reasons why the municipality refused to pay a councillor. According to Cogta, a councillor­ should not receive his or her salary if the councillor is deceased, has resigned or has been fired by the municipality

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