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newsEWN reported on Thursday morning that West Rand District Municipal councillors held hostage in the council chambers by staff had been freed.  

Municipal district workers stormed the council meeting on Wednesday and held the councillors captive, demanding that their salaries be paid.  The bankrupt municipality, which invested R77-million in VBS Mutual Bank, failed to pay October wages and pension fund contributions have been deferred over the past three months.  According to the workers, they have now been paid a portion of their salaries.  Municipal manager David Mokoena indicated that money ring-fenced for a project had been used to pay the 140 salaries as a temporary solution.  Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Uhuru Moiloa, said the municipality had been going through financial constraints after it was not paid money following services it rendered for a local municipality.  He indicated that he would be meeting with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize next week to deal with the matter.

  • Read this report by Sifiso Zulu in full at EWN
  • Read too, Workers at VBS-linked West Rand municipality stage sit-in over unpaid salaries, at News24

And also, West Rand council denies hostage situation‚ but confirms late-night meeting over salary woes, at TimesLive

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