Salga has sent senior delegations to both Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who jointly promulgated the new rules and requested “consultation on the substance of the regulations with all relevant stakeholders, including organised local government”.
On Monday, Salga said: “The regulations are not in line with the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) itself and are in direct contravention of other related legislation, particularly as it relates to the remuneration of public office bearers (councillors). Informed by these concerns the Salga presidency, as mandated by the Salga national executive committee (NEC), has engaged with both ministers with a view to find an amicable solution to the concerns.”
During the talks with Dlamini-Zuma, it was agreed that a recommendation that the implementation of the municipal cost-containment regulations should be stayed until the concerns of all parties had been addressed.
The meeting with Mboweni revealed “that urgent engagements with all stakeholders should be convened to allow for the tabling and consideration of specific concerns, with a view that these deliberations will determine the next steps with regard to the regulations”.