The United Democratic Front (UDM) is unhappy that municipal managers, and those directly reporting to them, will receive salary increments.
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Zweli Mkhize announced the decision to increase municipal managers’ salaries this week.
“The United Democratic Movement condemns this immoral decision in the strongest possible terms,” the party said in a statement.
“The ruling party [the African National Congress or ANC] prioritises their stomachs over our people and they need to realise that it takes them for granted while using their votes as a golden ticket to line their pockets,” the party further said.
According to reports, it means that the highest-earning municipal manager in the country will take home an annual salary which is higher than that of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The highest-paid officials will possibly earn up to R3.9 million a year while Ramaphosa earns R3.6 million per annum.
The UDM says it is an “insult to all South Africans who continue to feel the pinch”.
The party says voters must not forget these kinds of incidents when voting in the national elections in 2019.