ANC staff to toyi-toyi over failure to pay salaries on time

09 June 2021 - 18:47
By kgothatso madisa AND Kgothatso Madisa
ANC employees informed their bosses at the party’s head office, Luthuli House, that they planned to strike next week Tuesday over the late payments of salaries.
Image: Freddy Mavunda ANC employees informed their bosses at the party’s head office, Luthuli House, that they planned to strike next week Tuesday over the late payments of salaries.

ANC staff are due to embark on a nationwide picket next week over the governing party’s failure to pay salaries on time.

This comes after ANC employees informed their bosses at the party’s national head office, Luthuli House, of the planned strike next Tuesday to voice their unhappiness about the late payments of salaries.

By Saturday, June 5, ANC staffers had not received their salaries.

The Sunday Times previously reported that Luthuli House was in financial ruin, with mounting debts to SA Revenue Service (Sars) and non-payment of benefits to their provident and pension funds.

The newspaper reported last month that the ANC owed Sars at least R80m in PAYE deductions it had not passed on to the tax collector. 

The party was also in arrears by at least 28 months — about R140m — on its provident fund. All of these were, however, deducted from salaries, according to staffers.

The party has been relying on funding from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for salaries and servicing its debt. The financial situation, however, worsened when Sars garnisheed the ANC bank account, and took a portion of its IEC funding to settle the PAYE debt.

At its previous national executive committee meeting, the ANC said it would look into retrenchments to scale down its salary bill. 

The staff has now decided to embark on a nationwide picket to air their frustrations, party spokesperson Pule Mabe said on Wednesday.

“After repeated challenges of late salary payments, ANC staff will picket on June 15 at Luthuli House, and all provincial and regional ANC offices in protest,” said Mabe. “Though staff were informed that officials are attending to the ANC cash flow challenges, the feeling of grievance about their conditions of employment has reached critical point.”

The party’s deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, previously told the media that the party was not broke, but admitted there were financial challenges.​

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