Opposition parties block R700 000 pay hike for Durban city manager

Opposition parties block R700 000 pay hike for Durban city manager

- Opposition parties have managed to thwart the ANC's attempt to increase Sipho Nzuzu's salary by a staggering amount

- The Durban city manager was in line for a R700 000 pay hike, but opposition parties walked out of the in-committee meeting when the issue was raised

- Nzuzu has been facing calls for his removal following Mayor Zandile Gumede's suspension

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Sipho Nzuza, Durban city manager, thought that he was going to walk away with a R700 000 pay hike, but opposition parties have managed to block the ANC's efforts.

IOL reports that an in-committee meeting had attempted to raise the matter for approval, but the opposing parties had staged a walk-out, breaking the quorum and preventing the confidential report that looked to waive the terms for salary packages from being approved.

The terms capped the maximum limits for remuneration packages at R3 934 423, which would have seen Nzuzu in violation with the proposed increase.

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A source commented on the issue, saying it was strange for such a large increase to be suggested when Nzuzu was facing possible removal:

“It was chaotic and the parties would have nothing to do with the salary increments. This is strange because ANC councillors have been calling for Nzuza to go following the suspension of Zandile Gumede. Suddenly they want to give him a salary increase of almost R700 000. This is madness."

Briefly.co.za reported that Gumede was enjoyed an extended leave of absence from her position as mayor, facing charges of corruption over illicit tender deals in the province.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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