Eastern Cape traditional leaders demand 13th cheques and travel allowances
Royals across the Eastern Cape also say they want premier’s powers to decide on traditional affairs curtailed
Traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape want more money and power. They also want a 13th cheque and for the power of premier Phumulo Masualle and future Eastern Cape premiers to be clipped on traditional matters.
This emerged during public hearings for comments on the provincial amended Traditional Leadership and Governance Bill, which was passed by the Bhisho legislature last week Thursday.
Royals across the province told the portfolio committee on co-operative governance and traditional affairs that 2017 was the year in which they should get salary increases and travel allowances.
Contacted for comment on Friday‚ co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesperson Mamkeli Ngam said he would be able to provide information on how much traditional leaders currently earned only on Monday.
However‚ the Daily Dispatch previously reported that headmen and headwomen in the province were paid R90,320 a year‚ chiefs R179,000 and the three kings R973,350 each.
Ngam could also not say what increases they wanted.
The bill‚ now only awaiting Masualle’s signature to become law‚ contains several amendments that would reduce the premier’s powers to decide on traditional affairs.