Johannesburg - The salaries of
municipal councillors should be increased to bring them in line with
those of ministers and parliamentarians, the SA Local Government
Association (Salga) told the Sunday Times.
The salary increases, together with
building and motor insurance, should be paid by the national fiscus,
said Salga CEO Xolile George.
Councillors needed insurance as their
properties were often damaged during protests, he told the newspaper.
"We must appreciate the fact that
working at local government level as a public representative attracts
a considerable amount of risk."
Salga has lobbied for salary increases
over the past two years.
It wanted remuneration at a local
government level to be equitable with provincial and national
government salaries, George told the newspaper.
Municipal councillors currently earned
R380 000 a year, which would increase to R401 000 in terms of a
recommended salary hike.
Ministers' salaries would be increased
from R1.9m to above R2m a year, according to the newspaper.
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