Ekurhuleni councillors owed
  • Nearly two dozen councillors who govern the City of Ekurhuleni were behind on the payment of their own consumer accounts during its last financial year, its books show.
  • Among them: mayor Mzwandile Masina, who was four months late in settling what peaked at just shy of R33,000.
  • Three councillors had bills that were five years old.

During its last financial year the City of Ekurhuleni saw 23 of its own councillors behind in paying their own rates and taxes – including mayor Mzwandile Masina.

The City of Ekurhuleni's statements, published this week, show that one "Masina MC" had an outstanding bill that peaked at R32,999, at 120 days old.

Executive mayor Masina's middle name is Collen. The city has no other councillors sharing his surname.

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At midday on Friday a spokesperson for Masina said he would check the details of his bill with the mayor. He could not subsequently be reached.

The highest outstanding amount recorded on a councillor's bill was R48,747 – and that bill was recorded as being 1,830 days old, or slightly over five years. That amount was billed to Khabo Shezi, of the Economic Freedom Fighters

One other councillor had a five-year-old bill, and another came close with an age of 1,800 days

By the end of the year, the city's statements show, only three accounts worth R60,759 in total were still outstanding. That included Shezi's bill.

Ekurhuleni paid Masina R1.3 million in total remuneration for the year. Combined spending on councillors' salaries and allowances was R132.7 million.

Here is the full list of Ekurhuleni councillors who had accounts in arrears with the city in its last financial year.

Ekurhuleni full list

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