ANC guards 'not paid'
SECURITY officials entrusted with protecting the lives of ANC leaders at the party's headquarters and in its provincial office in Johannesburg have not been paid their salaries.
Security guards, who wished to remain unknown for fear of being victimised, said they had been receiving their salaries late over the past few months.
They claim they received their July salaries, which were supposed to have been paid at the end of the month, on August 4. They have not been paid their September salaries 10 days into the new month.
The guards, who are employed by the Zonkizizwe Security company, are responsible for the safety of party leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, when they are at Luthuli House to attend to party work.
Zonkizizwe is owned by the former CEO of Robben Island Paul Langa, who resigned after he was found guilty of gross negligence and mismanagement.
The guards allege they received letters stating that their salary payments was delayed because the ANC had not paid Zonkizizwe.
"We are loyal, but we feel we are being taken for granted. When we privately speak to senior ANC leaders we are told that Mr Langa has been paid," a security official said.
ANC spokesman Keith Khoza declined to comment and referred Sowetan to the company. He said the party was not aware that guards had not been paid.
Zonkizizwe also guard the Gauteng provincial ANC office, Walter Sisulu House, which is used by provincial leaders such as party PEC members, including chairman Paul Mashatile .
Provincial ANC spokesman Dumisa Ntuli said he hoped the matter would be resolved for the safety of property and officials who frequent the building.
ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa also declined to comment on the matter and the dissatisfaction of the guards about their not being paid..
Attempts to get comment from Langa were unsuccessful.
Though the ANC would not be drawn into whether it paid Langa or not, the party appears to be struggling with servicing its debt.
Recently it was threatened with a R19-million civil suit following its failure to pay a communication company, Blue Print Strategic Marketing Communication, which rendered services during the previous local government election.
In a document tabled during the party's policy conference in June, the ANC admitted that it was facing a difficult financial situation.