The Witness - - NEWS - — Wit­ness Re­porter.

THE Depart­ment of Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs re­vealed yes­ter­day there were calls for the depart­ment to in­crease their sup­port to izinduna.

Re­cently­ap­pointed head of depart­ment Thando Tubane said there were calls for the depart­ment to pro­vide other fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions and ben­e­fits, be­sides the salaries it al­ready pays izinduna.

He said the “bad news” is that the costs as­so­ci­ated with izinduna and amakhosi would in­crease.

“That will fur­ther put a strain on the al­ready strained pro­vin­cial govern­ment re­sources,” he said.

He said the depart­ment had canned sev­eral ru­ral de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes to foot the bill.

Tubane said the depart­ment still did not know where it would find the back pay for izinduna for which Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma signed the procla­ma­tion in 2013.

Tubane also re­vealed the costs re­lated to last month’s deadly storm on the coast were over R2,2 bil­lion.

He said this fig­ure ex­cluded the dam­age in­curred by the pri­vate sec­tor.

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