The African National Congress (ANC) has failed to pay its employees their July salaries, with many calling the non-payment of their wages an ANC “culture” and has expressed their disgust at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ongoing empty promises that their salaries will be paid.
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ANC staff representative committee chairperson, Mvusi Mdala told Daily Maverick that the affected workers were not only at the party headquarters but employees at branch offices in the Western Cape and North West have also not been paid their salaries. According to Mdala, the ANC’s non-payment of employees’ salaries has been an issue for the last four years.
Besides their salaries that have not been paid, the employees claim that the provident fund contributions that has being deducted from their salaries for the last three years have not been paid to the relevant fund.
The families of 12 ANC workers who have died over the last three years are now struggling to access the deceased provident funds which were deducted monthly from their salaries, but evidently not paid to the fund by the ANC.
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Mdala said that it’s a case of a complete lack of care and welfare for their staff.
“We have seen them running conferences from one province to the other, spending money which is more than enough to pay its staff. But they say they don’t have money.
“That indicates one thing to us… that they continue not to care about the welfare of staff members of the ANC. Their only concern is to get elected to positions.”
Mdala added that some staff members are struggling to pay their expenses and are fearing that they may lose their homes and vehicles. Many of the workers have lost out on their investments due to non-payment.
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The head of the ANC treasurer general office, Keith Khoza, told Daily Maverick that the party was trying to find ways to pay their staff’s salaries.
Sandile Swana, a Political analyst said that the fact that the ANC has failed to pay staff or suppliers of services should be an indication of its poor ability to manage state funds.
“The ANC’s financial character is characterised by financial delinquency… it’s like a mother drinking alcohol with household income, but the child has not eaten for days — that is the type of leader of society that South Africa has, ” Swana added.
Pule Mabe, ANC national spokesperson said that the party is communicating with staff members through their representatives in an effort to resolve the matter.
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