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newsSowetan reports workers at Modimolle-Mookgophong municipality in Limpopo are up in arms after their employer failed to pay all of them this month, pleading poverty.  

The municipality, known as Lim368, was formed following the merger between the Mookgophong and Modimolle municipalities after the 2016 local government elections.  It is led by the DA under the stewardship of mayor Marlene van Staden.  Some employees at the Modimolle offices were apparently paid their wages, while those in Mookgophong were told to be patient as the council had difficulty in collecting revenue.  Workers were given letters informing them that they would be paid before the end of the month.  Van Staden advised that the municipality had run out of funds, saying:  “I can confirm that our officials from Mookgophong did not receive their salaries because the municipality is bankrupt.  This is due to lack of revenue collection in the Mookgophong area.”  She indicated they were working hard to ensure that everybody got paid before the end of the month, claiming non-payment affected senior officials.  But shop steward Ernie Mbiza said it did not make sense their colleagues in Modimolle got paid while they did not receive their payments.  Provincial secretary of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) Patrick Aphane said they would call for the municipality to be placed under administration.

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