The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has asked its newly elected councillors to forfeit half of their salaries to help pay off the party’s election debt for a period of three months, the City Press reported at the weekend.
The report said the EFF had incurred “serious debt’’ campaigning for the recent municipal elections and had taken a loan worth millions from Standard Bank to fund its campaigns.
“Some were even willing to forfeit their salary for a whole year, but we decided that half the salary was a better option,” the insider said.
The salary cuts of all the 761 EFF councillors nationwide are expected to recover at least R24 million, and contributions will come from all councillors, including those from a ward level.
The party is also planning ahead – it wants members to buy vans, and not sedans, for the 2019 general election campaigning and for the servicing of their constituencies.
An EFF councillor from Mpumalanga, who was not authorised to speak to the Sunday paper, said they were unhappy with the imposed salary deductions, while others were open to the idea.