Performance Awards to Poorly Performing Municipal Officials Questioned

 21 October 2014.

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has raised its concerns about the recent performance awards and bonuses given to municipal officials, given the many service delivery protests across the province.

"Communities across our province have been protesting, often violently, due to poor service delivery. Many municipalities have been placed under administration because officials have failed to deliver services to our people, yet we see COGTA in KwaZulu-Natal proudly presenting service delivery awards and bonuses to municipal officials. Municipal officials are public servants who are paid to do their work, therefore there is no reason for bonuses to be paid using tax payer's money. If these municipalities are performing well and providing services to their communities, people would not be protesting", said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL.

"Municipalities that do not receive clean audits should never qualify for any awards. How can one justify performance bonuses to underperforming officials and award municipalities that do not fulfil their responsibilities? These performance awards at lavish functions are a waste of tax payer's money that could be put to better use in improving the lives of our people. We will be raising this wasteful expenditure in the KZN Legislature and call MEC Dube-Ncube to account," continued Mr Gwala.

"We demand that municipal managers who receive qualified audits do not receive bonuses or salary increases. By paying them, the government is rewarding their failure," concluded Mr Gwala.

Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675