CHRIS Hani District Municipality (CHDM) councillors, including those who did not make it back to council after the August 3 local government elections, will be expected to pay back the money paid to them as salaries for August.
According to the agenda, R344 144.39 had been paid to councillors.
The confusion on whether to pay the councillors or not was caused by the South African Local Government Association (Salga), CHDM municipal manager Moppo Mene has said.
This information was revealed during an ordinary council meeting on Wednesday.
Mene said there had been different interpretations of when the council term would end.
As the municipality is a political institution, “technocrats could not be allowed to take decisions”. He said Salga had finally indicated that the end of the council term was August 3, but councillors had already been paid.
DA councillor Malibongwe Xhelisilo and UDM councillor Zanemvula Deliwe said the municipality should get a legal opinion on how to handle the matter, with Xhelisilo adding that a time frame for repayment should be given instead of expecting a once-off lump sum.
Inxuba Yethemba executive mayor Ray Shweni said there was no need to incur extra costs as the district authority had a legal officer who could advise council.
Shweni said CHDM executive mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo and chief financial officer Nomfundo Fetsha should deal with the issue. Council resolved that the money must be repaid by councillors, some of whom are now unemployed.