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Outgoing municipal councillors to get R300m in gratuities

Municipal councillors who have served a full term will receive three-months’ worth of their salaries.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Government has announced that the Treasury has made more than R300 million available to pay once-off gratuities to outgoing municipal councillors.

Thousands of councillors across the country have been voted out or will be replaced by their political parties following the municipal elections.

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers decided in 2011 that outgoing municipal officials should receive the payouts.

The Cooperative Governance Department says outgoing councillors, who have served their full five-year terms, will receive a gratuity equal to three months of their salaries.

It says this is to thank the individuals for their work, but also to allow them space to seek other employment.

After the 2011 municipal elections, government paid out nearly R140 million to 4,000 outgoing councillors.

Claims this year are likely to be considerably higher in the metros, where the African National Congress lost significant support to the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters.

It's not exactly clear how many councillors will not be returning.

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