Jul 27, 2021

ANC Staff Told Salaries Will Be Paid Late – Again

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The employees gave the ANC seven days to produce a plan to rescue the party from its financial woes or face strike action.

FILE PHOTO: Supporters of the African National Congress hold the party flag during ANC president Jacob Zuma's election campaign in Atteridgeville a township located to the west of Pretoria, South Africa July 5, 2016. PICTURE: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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JOHANNESBURG: This led to frustrated employees at Luthuli House and provincial offices holding a lunchtime picket. 

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has issued yet another notice to staff members indicating that their salaries would be paid late in the month of June.

In a letter to staff, ANC general manager, Ms Febe Potgieter-Gqubule said they would not get their salaries on time.

“This seeks to inform all ANC staff, on behalf of the Treasurer General, that June 2021 salaries will unfortunately not be paid on 25 June 2021, but will be paid not later than 2 July 2021,” the letter reads.

Earlier this month, ANC staffers embarked on a nationwide picket against what they said their salaries were, in most instances, paid late, their provident fund payments were not made and their medical aid was suspended on numerous occasions. 

The employees gave the ANC seven days to produce a plan to rescue the party from its financial woes or face strike action. 

In their memorandum, staff members said they want immediate payment of salaries for May; back pay for salaries that have not increased since 2018; assurances that their medical aid will no longer be suspended because of non-payment and end to problems with the provident fund.

After the picket, the staff said they were encouraged by their discussions with party leaders during a picket outside Luthuli House on Tuesday but were less optimistic that problems with salary payment will be resolved. 

The protest followed months of salary delays and few discussions with the party’s top officials. This led to frustrated employees at Luthuli House and provincial offices holding a lunchtime picket. 

ANC deputy secretary-general, Ms Jesse Duarte, who received the memorandum during the picket, said all issues raised by the employees were legitimate. 

She said the ANC has had difficulties with donor funding but assured staff members that the top officials would develop a plan for the party to recover from its financial strain.

“The difficult situation faced by ANC staff and by the ANC as a movement will require sober and decisive action. We are committed to concluding the process of addressing this situation head-on and within the shortest possible period,” said Ms Duarte. 

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