Municipal Polls: Outgoing Councilors Get R350m

”The main purpose of the once-off gratuity is to assist non-returning councilors to adjust to circumstances as they no longer find themselves in office, and to assist them to meet already-entered-into financial commitments,"

Municipal Polls: Outgoing Councilors Get R350m - SurgeZirc SA
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Emerging reports have confirmed that outgoing councilors will get a whooping R350m after the municipal polls slated for November 1, 2021.

According to reports, R350m has been earmarked for payment and has been transferred to the National Treasury for further processing.

”The main purpose of the once-off gratuity is to assist non-returning councilors to adjust to circumstances as they no longer find themselves in office, and to assist them to meet already-entered-into financial commitments,” a report from the department stated.

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Recall that earlier in the year, former finance minister Tito Mboweni during his budget speech revealed that R350m will be issued as a gratuity to outgoing councilors.

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The South African Local Government Association (SALGA), who also confirmed the development said a request was made to the National Treasury for the funds and was duly acknowledged for processing.

It will be recalled that after the 2011 and 2016 municipal polls, outgoing councilors were also paid their gratuity.

According to SALGA, a total of R309.3m was earmarked and issued by the National Treasury to settle outgoing councilors, while in 2011 a total of R139m was paid to eligible recipients between 2011 and 2014 following applications from more than 4 000 non-returning councilors.

SurgeZirc SA gathered after the municipal polls, eligibility for the funds is based on service in the office for at least 24 continuous months as well as being in office three months prior to the municipal polls.

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