The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) issued a letter of demand to the Govan Mbeki Municipality to seize any increases of senior managements’ remuneration packages.
According to Makhosi Khoza, Deputy CEO and Head Local Government division, the days of rewarding failure by granting salary increases and bonuses to under performing officials must come to an end. “It seems that rates and taxes are now more about funding expensive lifestyles of senior municipal officials than providing quality and constant services to local communities. If municipalities don’t perform, these senior staff members should be taken to task and be held accountable for their bad performance, instead of being compensated for the decay.”
Khoza added, “In the light of the current shameful municipal financial situation and the alarming deterioration of municipal services, it does not make sense and would certainly not be in the best interest of the local communities to grant the Municipal Manager, as the Accounting Officer and Senior Managers, as Heads of departments responsible for the implementation of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) unaffordable increases and bonuses.”
“Govan Mbeki is in financial and service delivery turmoil, its limited resources should not be utilised for the financial gain of Senior Management and we are obtaining a legal opinion that should they continue, they will be stopped and held accountable,” said Julius Kleynhans, the new Operations Executive at OUTA.
OUTA made a formal objection to the increase in the remuneration of Senior Managers as per “the Upper Limits Policy” and demanded a rescission of the resolution to approve the increase as taken by the Council on 29 November 2018.
OUTA was approached by members of the Govan Mbeki community for assistance in resolving, amongst others, municipal service delivery issues.
Click here to see the OUTA letter to the Govan Mbeki Municipality.
To join the OUTA Govan Mbeki Branch you can SMS “Govan Mbeki” to 35005 and OUTA will phone you back or click on one of the buttons below to sign up.