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earningsSowetanLIVE reports that Nkomazi municipal employees in Malalane, Mpumalanga, thought Christmas had arrived early when their employer "blessed" them with salaries 10 days before the October payday.  

But when the municipality realised the mistake, it told its 1,073 employees that they would not be paid again at the end of the month.  The workers rebelled, shutting down water supply for a day to the towns and villages the municipality services.  The municipality buckled under pressure and paid them on 25 October.  But the municipality still wanted its money back and imposed a 20% salary deduction over seven months in an attempt to recoup the R13m it had irregularly spent on salaries on 15 October.  The workers were having none of it, saying they regarded the first payments in the month of October as "a gift" from the employer.  But, the Nkomazi municipality says it was all one big "mistake" and insists that the money should be paid back.  Municipal manager Dan Ngwenya explained:  What happened here was a mistake, instead of sending traveling claims for payment someone sent salary payments.  The total amount paid was R13.6m and we managed to return about R9m from senior management who didn't get paid on the 25th this month but only opted to receive the travelling claims, not their salaries.”  Employees however say they are not willing to pay back the money.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mandla Khoza at SowetanLIVE


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