UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PAY HIKES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILLORS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the pay rise for municipal councillors, which is already to come into effect next month.

Seen against the background of the current labour turbulence between government and public servants with theํr demands for salary increases, this announcement might cast an insincere light on government's willingness and/or ability to act in a fair manner. The timing of this announcement just seems awry.

Although the arguments in favour of this increase seems plausible, the UDM would like to ask how spending money on councillors' salaries is justified when so many municipalities have trouble with basic service delivery as well as their own financial management problems.

The UDM finds this pay increase contrary to statements made earlier this year that local government will be tightening its financial belt. In addition, what criteria will be used when the national treasury forks out money to pay some "small municipalities which could not pay the increases?

The UDM agrees that better and increased remuneration packages can contribute to a person's morale and willingness to work for his/her employer; surely ANC mayors all around South Africa will not longer have any excuse for non-delivery of basic services. Have the fat cats once again been fed?

Enquiries:
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083-759-6637

Pretoria
04 October 2001