Headmen to protest over pay

Michael Sakuneka

Michael Sakuneka

Members of the African Traditional Leaders Association in Limpopo will stage a sit-in at the premier's office if the government fails to meet their demands of a 1000 percent salary increase and that they be given vehicles by next Thursday.

The traditional leaders, mostly headmen from the former Lebowa and Gazankulu, want their salaries to be increased from R1080 a month to R12000. They also want bakkies similar to those provided to chiefs.

The dissidents said they would prevent their subjects from voting if the government continued ignoring them while giving better benefits to leaders in Venda.

Association spokesman Harry Mabunda said Limpopo headmen, especially those in the Mopani district, had had a bleak Christmas because the government had failed to increase their salaries.

He said preparations for a march and sit-in were at an advanced stage.