The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Matlosana rejects the 4% salary increase for councillors which was approved during today’s Council meeting. We strongly believe that amid Covid-19 municipalities should be cutting back to provide relief for ordinary citizens.

In addition to the councillors’ salary increase, the ANC approved salary increases of between R1.18 million to R1.46 million for managers and Directors.

Adding insult to injury the council has decided to backdate the increase payment to the first of July 2019.

Opposition parties such as the Freedom Front Plus, the EFF, IRASA and Forum For Service Delivery did not oppose the salary increases.

The effects of the Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown has left many ordinary citizens facing financial hardships and uncertainty regarding their livelihoods.

It is unacceptable for politicians to put their personal interest first whilst ignoring the need to consolidate finances to offer financial relief and services to citizens.

The annual increase of 4% was tabled and determined by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in terms of the Remuneration of the Public Office Bearers Act of 1998.

There is a general consensus among all other spheres of government and the corporate industry to halt salary increases to contribute towards the Solidarity Fund to assist struggling communities, small businesses and private individuals.

The ANC steamrolled these increases despite a strong objection from the DA, confirming how uncaring and detached they have become towards the plight of the people of Matlosana.