Former councillors who did not make the cut in the local government elections aren’t leaving their jobs empty-handed.
The South African Local Government Association (Salga) confirmed a “golden handshake” for councillors who got the chop and those retiring.
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has set aside R100 million for the payouts.
An ordinary councillor in the city council earns an annual salary including benefits of more than R800 000.
Payouts would be calculated on a formula which includes the number of terms or years councillors have served, and their last basic salary.