Mayor pockets R53 000 a month

2011-12-18 15:00

Johannesburg - Phaladi Saku, the executive mayor of Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality, was until recently earning two salaries, even though she no longer holds one of the jobs.

Saku, who was appointed mayor after this year’s local government elections, continued to draw a salary from the North West department of education until the end of last month.

City Press has seen documentary proof from both the municipality and the education department to confirm this.

As mayor, Saku takes home R38 900 a month after tax, which includes a vehicle allowance of R12 600 despite each municipality providing cars for its mayors; a cellphone allowance of R2 900; a subsistence allowance of R400; and R10 000 for an unexplained “public office allowance”.

At the education department, where she’s employed as an education specialist, Saku takes home just more than R14 000 a month.

An education department source said Saku also continues to enjoy benefits such as medical aid and pension fund contributions.

Saku did not answer calls from City Press or respond to three text messages sent to her.

Different bank accounts

In addition to the salary from the education department, Saku was also paid a bonus of just more than R22 000 in her birthday month of August. Her salaries are paid into two different bank accounts.

North West education spokesperson Gershwin Chuenyane said Saku did not resign from the education department, as was required when she became the executive mayor in June.

 But she had resigned on November 29, ­­he claimed.

“Her employment will be duly terminated with effect from the time she became mayor [and] all money she received when she was not supposed to, including the bonus, will be recovered from her,” he said

  • Max - 2011-12-18 16:14

    Dis nou lekker gerieflik! You go girl eat the poor people's money they don't realy need it.

      Phillie - 2011-12-18 17:06

      Unluckily it is not stealing from the poor because the poor are exempt from paying tax it is the "poor" middle class who gets taxed until they also become poor

      Activity Bookings - 2011-12-18 18:46

      Phillie, from the poor as well, even bread gets taxed, unfortunately it is these poor people who vote people like above article into power.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-18 20:09

      Phiilie, we pay more than 17 types of tax in South Africa. The poor pay VAT and Toll fees, fuel levies etc, so, yes they do pay taxes, just not PAYE.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2011-12-18 20:25

      Under the big umbrella called "Asseblief No Coins"

  • Dave - 2011-12-18 16:30

    PROSECUTE. ANC Mantra:- ME FIRST, Party second, People last. This will lead to the ANC's downfall.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-18 16:36

    Didn't they find out 2 years after she was fired that Winnie was still driving her govt-issued Mercedes? It is all about ENTITLEMENT. Good luck recovering the money, its is gone forever.

      Phillie - 2011-12-18 17:08

      Recovering???? NOT going to happen! Not in God's lifetime.

  • John - 2011-12-18 16:55

    Anyone for a banana??

      Squeegee - 2011-12-18 20:10

      None left, she ate them all....

  • pws69 - 2011-12-18 17:02

    Yup, and Motlanthe would have use believe it is just "some" in the ANC are corrupt cretins.

      Phillie - 2011-12-18 17:09

      And mbeki says it is forces outside of government that makes them do it

  • Robin - 2011-12-18 17:10

    Come on, she wasn't EARNING anything; she was stealing it all!

  • Jonathan - 2011-12-18 17:22

    My heart goes out to her. The problem is not the stealing, the problem is getting caught. How unlucky, for how long would this have gone on if not discovred?

      Squeegee - 2011-12-18 20:10

      This is just what we now know about... The story continues.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-18 21:21

      I agree, Jonathan. But there is hope. This kind of initiative generally results in a promotion.

  • Johan Britz - 2011-12-18 17:23

    Corruption and ANC. Whats new? Viva stupidity.

  • Michael - 2011-12-18 17:37

    Congratulations ANC auntie for upholding the reliability of your party's governance - what a truly repugnant little parasite you are! I'm thinking what a splendid victim you would make in the next "Target" bug spray advert. Sadly though, you help to form only a part of the bug collective, it's the "Up Streamers" that are worthy of persecution but finding a spray can big enough is proving difficult - oh well, we can hope......

  • Deepchund - 2011-12-18 19:12

    Another waste of taxpayer's money. When is this going to end. City Press should follow up on the recovery aspect as promised by the education spokesperson.

  • Mantsho - 2011-12-18 20:04

    This people are not even scared of nothing, they steal daylight.My Googness!

  • braamc - 2011-12-18 20:17

    Thieving ANC corrupt p)%$s

  • mhlengwem - 2011-12-18 20:21

    SA still has a long way to go when it comes to do you justify paying a "specialist" or someone who does not even show up for work for such a long time, and does not even raise an eyebrow...

      Sharon - 2011-12-18 20:38

      because the ones in charge don't have a braincell between those ashtrays

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-18 21:01

    Thief. She belongs behind bars,

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-18 21:23

    Hey! All you News 24 freaks ! You are not supposed to know this. Please unread immediately and switch off computer.

  • Mart - 2011-12-18 21:39

    She's a thief period!

      Mart - 2011-12-18 21:47

      and can paint them all with one brush...after all they are all schooled by and wear the colours of the ANC.

  • Vic - 2011-12-18 22:16

    Yeah ! Let's see if Saku is made to pay back the money she'stole' from the Education dept. Surely it should have been picked up when she became mayor ?

  • Marshall - 2011-12-18 22:21

    she'll claim to be an ignorant education specialist mayor.

  • Leon - 2011-12-19 09:37

    ....and she should be fired as the executive mayor for corruption and theft!!!!

  • Robin - 2011-12-19 10:47

    Criminal swine!

  • frannaw - 2011-12-19 12:53

    Go on, blame apartheid

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