West Rand District Municipality logo. Picture: wrdm.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG: Treasury says it will provide financial help to the cash-strapped West Rand Municipality which has been unable to pay salaries. It’s also been unable to meet its financial obligations.

A group of municipal workers disrupted a council meeting last week. They held executive members hostage, demanding that salaries be paid.

Some employees on Tuesday abandoned their posts after third-party benefits such as medical aid and housing allowances were not paid in the last three months.

Treasury spokesperson Jabulani Skhakhane says: “There’s work been done to look at what it is that has landed the municipality in the dire financial position that is in and then the next step will look at what are the solutions.”