National 31.8.2016 01:03 pm

EFF councillors ‘threatened’ for not forfeiting 50% of salaries

EFF leader Julius Malema. Photo: Supplied

EFF leader Julius Malema. Photo: Supplied

EFF councillors who won wards earlier this month have barely taken office and are reportedly already being hounded to hand over half their earnings.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson in Mpumalanga Collen Sedibe has told 013News that some of his party’s newly elected councillors have already failed to pay half of their new salaries to the party. Apparently some of their payments for August “bounced”.

He said that the new councillors had been sent warning letters telling them to forfeit half their salaries to the party or be suspended.

According to Payscale, the lowest-paid South African politician, the local councillor, earns about R510 000 per annum.

The website explained that EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee had been the one to issue “correspondence to all provinces singling out the individual councillors whose debit orders had ‘bounced’ for the 50% party levy that has been imposed on all new councillors who assumed office after the 3 August election”.

The site also reported that the EFF brought a charge of misconduct against their provincial secretary in Mpumalanga, Alfred Skhosana, and suspended him in a similar case.

The news website says it has seen the documentation in the matter, which it also made available online, saying party leader Julius Malema formally charged Skhosana this week, summoning him to appear before the party’s national disciplinary committee in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, in two weeks’ time.

Alfred Skhosana being sworn in as an MPL in Mpumalanga. Picture: Mpumalanga News

Alfred Skhosana being sworn in as an MPL in Mpumalanga. Picture: Mpumalanga News

This is understood to be in relation to his not paying the 15% “party levy” that all legislature and parliamentary EFF members are expected to pay to the party’s treasurer, Magdalene Moonsamy. The charge sheet says he violated party rules and regulations, including “undermining and disobeying decisions of higher structures and officials”.

The sheet also reportedly reads: “You on or about 15 June 2016 have directly or indirectly and tacitly defied an instruction from the organisation that you pay the party levy, which could amount to the contravention of your membership declaration.”

The party has asked whether he intends to plead guilty or not in his disciplinary matter and Skhosana is being expected to make a statement to party chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu.

EFF internal rules say all members serving in parliament and provincial legislatures must pay 15% of their salaries to the party, while all newly elected EFF councillors have been asked to pay half their salaries. Malema himself told City Press in the past that he also contributes 15% of his salary.

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According to one source 013News contacted, Skhosana owes about R50 000, having allegedly not paid his levies for several months.

When they asked the party’s spokesperson in the province for comment, Sedibe denied that Skhosana had been suspended, or at least denied knowing about it.

The Citizen attempted unsuccessfully to gain comment from EFF spokesperson and Hollywood actor Fana Mokoena.

 

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