It's bon appetit for eThekwini politicians
Durban - There’s no such thing as a free lunch unless you are a Durban councillor or member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature. Then taxpayers pick up the tab for your meals. In the 2012/13 financial year the catering budget for committee meetings in the eThekwini Municipality was R1.120 million, a figure confirmed by city treasurer Krish Kumar.
While MPLs earn between R860 000 and R1.8 million each a year and councillors rake in between R400 000 and R1m a year, the former pay only a stipend towards meals while the latter are not required to pay at all. Some politicians opt not to eat as a matter of “principle”, while others say the free meals are an “old, accepted practice”.
In March, Newcastle Municipality mayor Afzul Rehman cancelled free meals for councillors. Where food was served, it cost councillors R100 a plate.
In eThekwini, councillors are served muffins, croissants, sandwiches or biscuits with tea and coffee for breakfast.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at PostSimilar Stories