kznlogo thumb100 Independent News reports that Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has advised that government discussions on the payment of R1.4 billion owed to izinduna (headmen) have not yielded results.  

The minister indicated this in a written response to a parliamentary question by IFP MP Inkosi Bhekizizwe Luthuli, who asked for a progress report on the matter.  In 2016, the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Office Bearers recommended that the annual salaries of izinduna be increased to R96,460, from R91,000.  Izinduna in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) were only paid R1,500 monthly stipends after they protested and threatened to disrupt municipal elections in 2016.  KZN complained in June 2018 to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) about footing the bill for salaries that were not funded by the national government.  In her response, Dlamini-Zuma said the KZN executive council determined that the provincial government should start remunerating izinduna in December 2016 in line with the 2014 Presidential proclamation.  She added that various engagements had taken place between the KZN provincial Treasury and Cogta, as well as with National Treasury, the Presidency and national Cogta.  Inkosi Sipho Mahlangu, chairperson of National House of Traditional Leaders, commented thus:  “For all other public office-bearers, there are no complaints about their payment, but when it comes to traditional leaders, you hear the issues of budget and shortage of money.  The government should just pay because if it does not, it is breaking the law.”

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