Dysfunctional KZN municipalities paying fat cat salaries to MM’s

George Mari, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA

The Democratic Alliance in KZN has established that despite their municipalities having been placed under provincial administration for ongoing poor performance, five KZN municipal managers continue to be employed, earning an average annual income of R900 000 each.

The information forms part of a July 2014 parliamentary reply to the DA from KZN COGTA MEC,Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

The municipalities – Mtubatuba, Abaqulusi, Umvoti, Imbabazane and Indaka – are currently being run by the province’s COGTA department in an attempt to turn them around.  Yet the very people responsible for running them into the ground remain employed, earning hugely inflated salaries.

This is a flagrant abuse of public funds.

In the same reply the MEC confirms that provincial administrators installed to fix the problems are earning in the region of R135 000 per month.  The five municipalities have been under administration for varying periods of time, Mtubatuba from as far back as September 2012.  All five administration contracts are due to be finalised on 30 September 2014.

While the DA notes some of the improvements made within these entities, there can be no place for managers who are not fit for purpose and lack the skills to do the job – too much depends on it and it is ultimately the communities that suffer most.

We expect the MEC to review the employment contracts of these municipal managers.  It is unacceptable that they should continue to earn fat cat salaries when they have allowed their municipalities to become dysfunctional to the point where they have to be run by the province.