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By unknown | Sep 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The beleaguered Greater BaPhalaborwa municipality in Limpopo has been rocked by two serious scandals in one week.

Council members were on Monday involved in a dispute over the new municipal manager's demands for a salary increase.

And now another scandal has hit the small mining town of Phalaborwa - the municipality's chief finance officer, Thonia Nkuna, is accused of having adjusted her own salary without council approval.

She allegedly gave herself the increase contrary to a council resolution forbidding her to do so.

The council had decided not to hike Nkuna's salary because she had allegedly failed to sign for a performance bonus.

But Nkuna ignored the resolution and went ahead to increase her salary by 7,5percent, a move that left senior officials shocked.

A source told Sowetan that Nkuna had been asked in a letter to withdraw herself. The council is likely to meet next week to determine Nkuna's fate.

Nkuna said she was not allowed to speak to the media about the matter and referred all queries to mayor Gloria Valoyi.

When contacted, Valoyi admitted that there were problems but declined to comment further.


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