Samwu revealed that the Amahlathi local municipality in the Eastern Cape was one of the five municipalities who have informed their employees that it was not in a position to pay salaries last month.
Samwu's deputy secretary general Dumisane Magagula said the 30 municipalities owe a total of R70m in pensions. Mafube local municipality in the Free State, according to Samwu, has not paid workers's contributions to pension fund since 2012.
"They are owing pension fund R70m by their own admission. They have admitted, they have even admitted to the pension fund adjudicator, because we took this case to the pension fund adjudicator," said Magagula.
Makwetu yesterday said 92% of the municipalities could not formulate financial statements that complied with key legislation.
This, according to Magagula, was a key indication of cadre deployment gone wrong. He said they could not fathom how chief financial officers - who cannot produce financial reports - were still on municipality payrolls.
Makwetu also lambasted municipalities for ignoring recommendations made by his office.