THE INKATHA Freedom Party has ordered the IFP-led Abaqulusi Municipality in Vryheid to halt an intended R5 million salary hike for its six senior municipality managers.
The chairperson of the IFP’s political oversight committee, Geoffrey Bhengu, confirmed that he has written to the Abaqulusi Mayor, George Dlamini, instructing him that the municipality should not go ahead with the proposed salary increases.
“The purpose of the IFP is to serve the people of South Africa in the spirit of ubuntu and ensure that all have access to basic services,” said Bhengu.
“In the light of current worldwide financial constraints and the lack of real growth in our economy, it is important that highly paid public servants set an example and ensure that services come before financial benefit …
“We believe that senior staff of the Abaqulusi Municipality are already adequately reimbursed and have therefore instructed the Abaqulusi caucus to reverse their decision,” he added.
The order comes a day after the KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, appointed senior officials in her department to investigate whether the R5 million salary increments are in line with the employment and performance contracts of the managers in question.
The proposed hikes for some managers came to more than 23%.
Bhengu said the party has instructed all other IFP-controlled municipalities to fall in line with the decision not to increase salaries for senior staff.