- EFF councillors in Limpopo are not happy that 33% will be docked from their salaries
- Party leader Julius Malema announced last week that the party had decided to contribute 33% of all its public representatives' salaries to the Solidarity Fund
- They will be contributing for the next three months
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Some Economic Freedom Fighters councillors in Limpopo are against the party’s decision to dock 33% of their salaries to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The councillors have been texting each other via WhatsApp, complaining about not being consulted before the party took the decision.
EFF leader Julius Malema announced last week that the party had decided to contribute 33% of all its public representative salaries to the government's Solidarity Fund for the next three months.
The move affects the party's members of parliament, provincial legislature and its 827 councillors in 221 municipal councils around the country.
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The Sowetan reports that some councillors who are opposed to the move said the gesture by the party leadership would set them back financially and effectively make them poor.
In WhatsApp messages seen by The Sowetan, the councillors complained that the party was drying up their salaries as they were also made to "buy bakkies" for the Red Berets.
One councillor said:
"It's going to be rough, you see this guy [Malema] wants us to pay to his account for three months.”
Another councillor wrote:
"Just imagine you go home with a net salary of R12,000 then deduction of R8,000 for [the] bakkie then you [are] left with R4,000 for other deductions [and then] you [are] left with nothing."
Some of them, from a local municipality in Limpopo, said they would be raising their concerns with the party as they believe "this matter must be debated".
Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has also announced that he would donate 33% of his monthly salary to the Solidarity Fund for the next three months.
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