Durban - KwaZulu-Natal councillors have slashed their outstanding personal municipal debts by almost R1.3 million, a KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesman said on Monday.

Lennox Mabaso said that in January councillors owed various municipalities R1.5m for rates and other services provided.

“That figure is now just below R200 000,” he told Sapa by phone.

In an earlier statement he said this drop in debt had come about as a result of efforts by the province's co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

“Earlier this year, Dube-Ncube instructed municipal councils in all the province's 61 municipalities to institute disciplinary action against any councillor found to have defaulted on his or her rates as this constitutes a violation of the councillors' code of conduct,” he said.

Sapa