Cash crisis in ANC brings threat from employees
ANC employees have threatened the party’s top six officials, who include President Cyril Ramaphosa, with criminal action over the failure to pay their pension benefits to fund administrators – despite making deductions from their salaries over two years.
The disgruntled staff members made the threat of opening fraud and theft cases against the ANC and its leaders at their meeting with Ramaphosa and other ANC top six officials this week, reports the Sunday Times Daily.
The ANC workers also met with the party’s most senior office bearers to register their unhappiness with the delay in payment and at times non-payment of their salaries, which has deteriorated in the past few months.
By midday yesterday, staff had not received their salaries for June and it was likely the same would happen with salaries this month as the ANC barely has enough money to fund its operations.
Those who attended the meeting with top six members said staff were told to take up their labour-related grievances with the management at Luthuli House.
They were also told to meet management this week to hear a presentation on a plan the party is proposing to resolve the pay stand-off.
Staff responded by giving the top six until the end of July to pay their outstanding salaries, make sure medical payments were up to date, and, most importantly, clear all the pension and provident fund arrears.
ANC staff representative Mvusi Mdala said the non-payment of retirement benefit contributions into their pension fund, while being deducted from their salaries, constituted a criminal offence.
Mdala said they would first approach the CCMA over the matter, before going to the NPA should it not be resolved by the end of July.
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