Councillors set to get risk insurance

2012-12-15 22:29

Johannesburg - Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi has instructed all municipalities to take special risk insurance for councillors, according to a report on Saturday.

The Saturday Star reported that a notice of the instruction was published in the government gazette last week and would protect councillors and their own property against violent service delivery protests.

It forms part of the newly published wage increases, allowances and benefits for mayors and municipal speakers, members of the executive, chief whips, committee members and councillors.

The gazette orders municipalities to take out cover similar to risk insurance to ensure councillors' properties are covered to provide for loss or damage to their property or assets arising from civil unrest, riots, strikes or public disorder, according to the report.

The SA Local Government Association (Salga) made representations to the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers in September.

Salga told a special national conference that councillors needed risk cover against the real risk they face in their capacity as local public representatives.

They said the lives and property of councillors were often placed at risk.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-12-15 22:38

    No insurance needed from people if they succeed in serving and doing jobs effectively.

      chris.maakal - 2012-12-16 00:52

      Check how many councillors died in the past year: And it is ANC, IFP & DA councillors... - 2012-12-16 04:06

      Why can the educated black people not see what is happening? We are being raided by the current ANC leadership and the still reckon it is right. We all are going to suffer. I am also surprised the the past ANC leadership (Cyril Ramaphosa, Tokyo" Sexwale and even Nelso Mandela) does not say something about these behaviors and the waste!!!!!

      jesibelle.krueger - 2012-12-16 11:39

      South Africa's bona fide tax-payers are being robbed blind by a government of goons - if not to line their own pockets, then to protect themselves, with the money they stole from others. Tax collection in SA is simple THEFT - it is NOT tax. For example, According to a research report by Prophet Analytics: Government spends 88% of SA's National Budget on Salaries. In the past 10 years, the percentage of black civil servants had increased from 42% to 74%, and nearly 40% of South Africa’s highest-earning blacks were now government employees. The report attributed sharp rises in black civil servants’ salaries to “managerial bloat”, claiming the government used promotion and job re-grading to increase their incomes. From the report: “This results in the average remuneration for public sector workers now [being] 32% higher than that of private sector workers.” IT IS TIME FOR THE GREAT TAX REVOLT. With such a high percentage going to salaries for the ANC goons to line their own pockets – if SA’s bona fide tax-payers starve the ANC mafia government from an income for three months only – it will collapse totally. Tax payment is done in good faith – you have an absolute right to withhold your taxes. The 1st step: taxpayers take a class action against the government. If it fails in SA, then do it in the USA, under the Alien Tort Statute. This will legally force sanctions against SA by all Nato countries. It will also set a legal precedent in SA that is impossible.

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-12-15 22:48

    At least the ANC recognizes that the cadres they deploy are useless. I suppose it's a step in the right direction...then again, the Insurance broker handling this will be another ANC member and screw that up as well.

  • reine.marais - 2012-12-15 22:49

    Why, oh why? If our government did their jobs, there would be no need for this type of protection.

      chris.maakal - 2012-12-16 01:02

      Agreed, but the process to move to a situation where government actually ensure a safe country will itself be a rocky road. The blog contains details about councillors who died in 2012,many DA and IFP as well. Will the ANC transfer power peacefully to an opposition party in future, should another party obtain the majority?

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-15 23:06

    Tax money legally siphoned to insurance companies or what..It forms part of the newly published wage increases, allowances and benefits for mayors and municipal speakers, members of the executive, chief whips, committee members and councilors.

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-12-15 23:08

    Ironic...they need protection from their "own"...!!

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-12-15 23:08

    Good news, otherwise being a councilor is more like a modenised taxi owner. Lots of incentives and very dangerours

      mark.croxford.3 - 2012-12-16 01:48

      WTF are you on about ?

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-12-16 07:58

      i agree mzwandile. They are treated like pop or sports stars. But these people WORK hard and the same goes for taxi bosses.. I had a meeting with one of the ANC elite and he sat and slept in our meeting. Totally amazing and arrogant

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-12-15 23:11

    To be fair to all citizens. Look, we are all being subjected from time to time to undisciplined behaviour as per the prevailing mood and self-interests. We have seen how the trade unions trash for sports. We see the mess in our streets. Employers and local tax payers see property damaged and destroyed. To be fair, Minister, why not extend your dictate so it also covers everybody else effected? Let's get insurance for all. So we can in true comradely fashion share the miseries together

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-12-15 23:21

    The ANC recognizes that the CADRES they deploy are USELESS. Council members earn enough damn money for doing nothing.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-15 23:26

    U guys need insurance ~ there are bandids out there?

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-12-16 01:35

    I say that any person in government position must undergo a 'lie detector' test and prove to the public that he/she is honest and not corrupt and has the best interest of the public at heart.

  • thuso.salomane - 2012-12-16 02:04

    can some please tell why coucillors earn so much money,while social workers who serve 300 and more people per day earn peanuts

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-12-16 05:59

      Social workers are permanent gov employees and councilors are just on a five year contract. So the risk is way different. Also the other is a political position while the other is administration. So its not apples with apples at all

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-12-16 02:26

    What about Police officers?

  • Stephens Moffat - 2012-12-16 02:37

    Why should they be entitle to insurance? The minister support the incompetent of the Councillors than the legitimate concern of the citizens, we voted them then their life and property became risk.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-16 03:03


  • Jeremiah Sebula - 2012-12-16 06:08

    This insurance will deteriorate service delivery...knowing that any damage i can get double the size of my current property.

  • sello.maponya.1 - 2012-12-16 06:25

    Insurance to cover incompetence! Sad state of affairs in SA.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-16 06:26

    These councillors need protection from their own people! Amazing !! Just about every citizen is at risk in this lawless country with an inefficient police force. Yet these self serving councillors must be covered by insurace paid by the taxpayer. I have to pay a security company to ensure my home and family are not at risk. Just remember Richard Baloyi once you are dead money cannot bring you back to life.

  • johan.steyn.127 - 2012-12-16 06:26

    Every tax paying citizen are facing the threat of damage to their private property everytimne there is unrest but we have to pay for our own insurance the goverment makes promises they can't keep to get a vote and when people starts wanting that Promises and burning down stuff we have to pay for their lies.. Proudly SA!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-12-16 06:28

    Just do your jobs for which we pay you for and no insurance required. Thieves

  • dee.bone.39 - 2012-12-16 07:29

    supporting chiefs, pirates, downs with undying loyalty is as it should be, but a political party?? if we do not find a way to get the electorate to understand the difference between politics and sport, then our country stands no chance against the destruction we are undergoing. A forum and or website should be formed where ideas are put forward to educate all South Africans that NO political party should be guarenteed of your vote. No country on earth can afford an electorate which is this illiterate.

  • Stephens Moffat - 2012-12-16 08:22

    Councillors continue disservice the citizens, when they(citizens) became angry you will be protected by risk insurance you and your property.

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-12-16 08:30

    There you have it, what they are saying is that we should not expect any improvement in service delivery. To reduce risk they must improve service delivery, not take up insurance (tax money).

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-12-16 08:31

    This is promoting lazziness at its best, now counsellors will do their level best to have their properties destroyed so as to get better ones, we are srewed, again.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-12-16 09:11

    Khethu, when it's time to vote, will you vote for the ANC, abstain, or vote for a party that will make a difference?

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-16 09:42

    What a joke what abou privately owned property... why do only goverment employees and anc member get anything from government the rest of us are also african despite colour we were all born here.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-16 12:25

    How about the ordinary citizen and his property then? Shouldn't we be protected too?.

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