Senior prosecutors win 10-year salary battle
Past and present Deputy Directors of Public Prosecutions (DDPPs) will finally receive their increases and benefits after a decade-long battle, notes a News24 report.
Handing down judgment in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), Judge Corrie van der Westhuizen ordered the NPA to comply with its contractual obligations relating to salary structures for DDPPs and chief prosecutors (CPs).
Through the Public Servants Association, DDPPs and CPs went to court, arguing that unions and the government agreed in 2007 that they would be entitled to the benefits of an improved salary dispensation, which was gazetted in 2010, for legal professionals working in the justice sector.
However, DDPPs and CPs were left out in the cold because they were seen as part of senior management.
It led to a situation in which junior and senior prosecutors earned the same as or more than DDPPs and CPs.
However, Van der Westhuizen found that all DDPPs were, in fact, ‘prosecutors who would have been appointed as such in terms of the provisions of section 16 of the Act (National Prosecuting Authority Act)’.
‘Further in that regard, it is common cause that all DDPPs and CPs who were appointed as prosecutors, moved through the ranks, until being appointed as a DDPP or CP,’ Van der Westhuizen added.
He said all the DDPPs on whose behalf the application was brought, confirmed that more than 80% of their work involved litigation and less than 20% was administrative.
The judgment means all DDPPs and CPs would fall under a new salary model, occupation specific dispensation on level LP10.
In effect, it meant they would receive the salary increase and that affected DDPPs would receive pay backdated to 2007.
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