Ditsobotla Local Municipality offices. Image: Facebook-Ringaz Tshepo Moshounyane

Ditsobotla municipality bankrupt and unable to pay salaries

Most of 2022, the municipality had two councils, having two mayors, two speakers and two municipal managers both run by the ANC.


Ditsobotla Local Municipality offices. Image: Facebook-Ringaz Tshepo Moshounyane

Problems at the dysfunctional Ditsobotla Local Municipality in the North West continue to mount as it fails to pay its workers their May salaries. The Municipality issued a notice to its workers about the non payment and does not indicate when payment will be made.

The Lichtenburg based municipality has been making headlines for the past year as it fails to establish any stability and has had its council dissolved. Corruption and maladministration has been plaguing the municipality.

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An internal memorandum issued to municipal workers by the municipality. Image: Facebook- Phemelo Innocentia Lebotse


Last week, mayor Boitumelo Lethoko revealed before the North West Legislature Standing Committee on Provincial Public Accounts that the balance in the municipal bank account is zero, which has led to a total collapse of services in the municipality.

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Workers has allegedly abandoned their posts until the situation is resolved.

According to OFM, Job Dliso, chairperson of the Provincial Public Accounts in North West, the municipality is bankrupt and wont be able to pay salaries in June as well.

“With the creditors bill standing at R4,4 billion against the budget of over R500 million, which is also non-existent, it simply means that the municipality is dormant,” he said.

“We have observed a deep-rooted culture of corruption and maladministration that emanated from many years of lack of accountability, and it is still rearing its ugly head to this day.”

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The ‘EFF in the North West ‘Hhas also noted in a statement the movable property owned by the municipality has been attached by the sheriff of the Lichtenberg Magistrate Court. The items will be auction on Wednesday 31 May.

“We will dispatch our labour desk to assist employees to lodge formal disputes with relevant forums.”

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“We will further initiate a full blown investigation and open criminal cases against those implicated in the great collapse of Ditsobotla Local Municipality”, the EFF says.


The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has demanded the immediate payment of the municipal workers.

SAMWU national media officer, Papikie Mohale, says

“We are of the view that the current municipal funding model as it is, deliberately sets up municipalities for failure. We can however not only blame the funding model for the financial situation which municipalities find themselves in. When Ditsobola Local Municipality failed to pay employees in February, the union leadership held a meeting with the municipal management, only to be told that the municipality has not been billing clients since July 2022.”

“Municipalities therefore need to ensure that they put in place revenue collection mechanisms so they can supplement their finances to be able to meet their financial obligations, especially the payment of employees’ salaries. Additionally, the municipality has failed to fill key vacancies such as Section 56 and 57 managers, resulting in the institution not being able to optimally function,” he says.