The government of KwaZulu-Natal has announced the backpay allocation process for Izinduna from various traditional councils in the province.
Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube met with traditional leadership on Tuesday to unpack the payment process.
This comes after National Treasury allocated funding for the 2023/24 financial year, which is specifically and exclusively allocated to settle the backpay of Izinduna after a lengthy procedure of various intergovernmental processes.
Speaking at the meeting, Dube-Ncube said the provincial government is pleased that it has resolved the matter, as payments to Izinduna is in recognition of their work within traditional councils, as public office bearers.
“These funds have been long awaited and, in some instances, led to litigation that was not warranted because resolving the backpay matter has always been a priority for the provincial government.
“We are therefore pleased that the matter has now been resolved. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will ensure that there are proper internal controls before the funds are disbursed to qualifying Izinduna,” the Premier said.
She also emphasized that government has been seized with the task of not only restoring the dignity of traditional leadership institutions, but also adequately resourcing them as a way of affirming the role of traditional leadership institutions which are “a critical pillar of governance systems.”