390 ward committee members not paid since last year
MSUNDUZI Municipality has become entangled in another nonpayment row.
It now emerges the municipality has not paid even a single cent to 390 ward committee members since they were elected in November last year, seven months ago.
The election of 10man ward committees in 39 Msunduzi wards was completed last year after local government elections.
Though the ward committee members have been attending two meetings, as well as one in their wards and City Hall respectively every month, they have not received their stipends.
The nonpayment comes after the municipality recently failed to pay about 70% of its staff their May salaries on time.
The municipality also abruptly cancelled the ward committees members’ induction programme scheduled for this past Sunday.
Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha confirmed the city had not paid the stipends.
She said ward committee members had “delayed” submitting their proof of banking details after they were asked to do so after their swearing in, in February.
She did not say when the stipends would be paid out.
A ward committee member from ward 31, Venolin Govender, said the city had made many promises that it has not delivered on.
He disputed that the ward committee members had only been asked to submit their banking details in February.
“We submitted them last year. In January we were told Msunduzi had lost everybody’s banking details and we were asked to resubmit. Since then, there have been so many meetings at the City Hall but we have not been paid. ”R
He said the induction had been cancelled on Sunday because the city knew they were going to be asked about the stipends. However, Mafumbatha said the induction had been cancelled due to poor attendance.
“What is most painful is that most of the people who are in ward committees are senior citizens who depend on old age pensions and they need these stipends.”