Show us our money, all R1bn of it, say KZN’s traditional leaders

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Show us our money, all R1bn of it, say KZN’s traditional leaders

Trouble brews over proposal to standardise pay and perks for traditional leaders, as government aims to cut costs

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The thorny issue of the payment of izinduna (headmen) is one of the issues that newly-appointed KwaZulu-Natal cooperative and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Sipho Hlomuka will have to deal with in his new portfolio.

Hlomuka, who was recently appointed by new KZN premier Sihle Zikalala after the May 8 elections, has already been given a report on the sensitive issue of the remuneration of izinduna, which remains a bone of contention between the provincial government and traditional leaders.

Izinduna – intermediaries between the community and the amakhosi – are owed more than R1bn in salary backpay by the provincial government, which doles out in excess of R300m for the salaries of 3,150 headmen and headwomen in the province. They earn about R8,000 a month, something that has created a serious headache for the provincial government and slammed by opposition parties as crippling finances meant for service delivery...

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