Mashaba re­verses huge pay in­crease

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

JOHANNESBURG mayor Her­man Mashaba has re­versed a salary in­crease awarded to his chief of staff.

Michael Beau­mont re­ceived an an­nual in­crease of al­most R500 000 dur­ing his pro­ba­tion pe­riod‚ push­ing his salary from R1.3-mil­lion to R1‚8-mil­lion.

Mashaba said he would em­bark on a process in which the in­crease would go through the coun­cil’s com­mit­tees “so that this house can then make a de­ci­sion ac­cord­ingly”.

He said Beau­mont would not be dis­crim­i­nated against or pun­ished.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties made their un­hap­pi­ness with the in­crease clear on Thurs­day dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the metro’s bud­get.

The EFF and ANC de­manded that the de­ci­sion be re­versed. ANC coun­cil­lor Ge­of­frey Makhubo said pro­ce­dure had not been fol­lowed as the planned in­crease had to be tabled in coun­cil be­fore be­ing taken to the city‚ and then taken back to the coun­cil for rat­i­fi­ca­tion. –TMG

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