DA KZN: Endumeni acting officials collect illegally inflated pay while municipality burns

George Mari, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

A Parliamentary reply to questions by the DA in KwaZulu-Natal has revealed that acting senior officials within the Endumeni municipality have been paid illegally inflated salaries since July 2011.

The reply, dated December 2013, was received by the DA’s parliamentary office shortly before the national elections.

In the response, KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube confirms that the municipality’s Acting Executive Manager for Corporate Services, Acting Executive Manager for Technical Services and Acting Chief Financial Officer all received inflated salaries.

According to the reply, the Endumeni Council took a resolution on 5 May 2011 that “the acting employee will be paid an acting allowance calculated on 35% of the cost to employer package of the official in whose place he/she is acting”.  This is in direct contravention of the amended KZN agreement which stipulates that “any employee permanently employed on an indefinite contract that acts in a post of a Sec 57 employee shall be paid an acting allowance of 8% of total cost of employer remuneration of S57 employee”.

The DA is appalled by this blatant disregard for municipal regulations.

Endumeni municipality has been plagued by political infighting and violent protests for several months, all of which has had a severe impact on service delivery levels. That some officials are being paid inflated salaries on top of this is appalling.

The MEC states that municipality was advised of the contravention and was requested to deal with the matter and to recover the funds.  It is not clear whether this has yet taken place.

The DA will hold her to account on this.  We expect a full report back on the recovery of these funds at the next KZN COGTA portfolio committee.   In addition, we expect her to announce disciplinary measures to be taken for this serious transgression.

This money must be returned to the municipality’s coffers without delay and reallocated to where it is so sorely needed.