COUNCILLORS who fell out of favour in the municipal elections and those retiring will leave their jobs with payouts worth a total of R309m.
Die Burger reported on Thursday that outgoing councillors with five or more years’ service would receive three months’ salary.
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Pro-rata payments would be made to those who served shorter stints in their positions.
Legadima Leso, the spokesperson for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen‚ confirmed the payments would amount to R309m — far higher than earlier estimates of R100m.
The South African Local Government Association said the payments would be made to ensure that the councillors‚ who found themselves out of a job‚ had a safety net to tide them over until their pensions were paid out.
Similar payments were available to councillors after the elections in 2011.