DA commits to tackling long-standing KZN Izinduna remuneration issue to ensure its conclusion
13 January 2022
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has committed to tackling the long-standing issue of remuneration of Izinduna in the province, including back pay of R1.4 billion, to ensure that it is correctly appropriated and expedited.
The pledge comes as KZN remains financially ham-strung when it comes to the payments. This despite five years having passed since its original introduction after then President Jacob Zuma enforced an unfunded mandate on the province to remunerate some 2 700 Izinduna at an average of R250 million annually.
While the DA in principle has never had a problem with this remuneration, we firmly believe that as an unfunded presidential mandate, the cost should be borne by National Treasury.
Further to this, a finite organogram should be concluded to determine the exact number of Izinduna and formal job descriptions with employment conditions. This must be formalized with the respective Izinduna.