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ANC staff picket over delayed salaries, nationally

Members are angry at the late payments of salaries.

The party’s treasurer-general Paul Mashatile has admitted that the ANC has cash-flow problems from time to time.

ANC staff committee representative, Mantla Qwane, says the party has also not been paying UIF contributions.

“The pickets are going to be taking place across the country in all our ANC provincial offices, including Albert Luthuli House. We are going to continue with work as committed members of the African National Congress.

“This is about a number of issues including the delay in salary payments which has been happening since 2018, but it started worsening now after the advent of the coronavirus. The pandemic has affected the ANC like any other institution.

“It seeks to highlight the plight of workers in relation to the salary, which has been the lowest compared to all workers you can think of from all across the country. The third issue relates to the provident fund that has been in arrears since 2018. The ANC has not been playing its part and this has affected the status of our provident fund for over three years now.”

Qwane says the party’s leaders have not been able to resolve the issue.

“We have been in constant communication with the leadership. We have been negotiating with national officials, we have been in continuous engagement with management and nothing has been changing.

“We have been in agreement a number of times to say the matter will be sorted and that doesn’t happen, we thought maybe if we start the picketing it will really show how much we are dissatisfied.”

It has been reported that the ANC is auditing its employees after the party discovered a significant number of “ghost workers” on the payroll, one of the explanations given why the ANC is struggling to pay its employees.

The ANC has been experiencing financial problems with reports that it owed the South African Revenue Service (SARS) R80 million in Pay As You Earn deductions.

The party was also in arrears by at least 28 months or around R140 million on its provident fund which was deducted from workers’ salaries.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says they have encouraged all their provincial leaders to receive memoranda from workers.

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