Durban councillor forced workers to pay him half of their wages - report

2015-04-23 18:06
(File: Fin24)

(File: Fin24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - Residents of a small Durban township have been forced to pay half the money they received from a public works programme to a ward councillor, the Daily News reported.

According to the report in the daily, six workers hired in terms of an Extended Public Works Programme, were forced to pay half of the R2 000 monthly wage they received to the ward councillor for the Burlington community.

Not only that, it emerged that some of those hired in Burlington for the programme - rolled out by the government in a bid to curb unemployment - had not actually worked.

The councillor was not named by the newspaper, but a resident was quoted as saying: "When I asked this man, 'why are you taking my money?', he said it was for politics and to pay the officials at the municipality."

The eThekwini Metro Municipality's spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa told the newspaper that the municipality does not discuss internal investigations and it encouraged residents to report corruption.

Read more on:    durban  |  local government  |  corruption

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.