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

2015-04-23 18:06
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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.

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