For the second time in six months, the ANC is paying 600 employees at its headquarters in Luthuli House and in its provincial offices.
Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, party manager at Luthuli House, informed staff on June 23 that their salary, which is usually paid on the 25th of each month, will be late and they must make arrangements with their bank to pay late any debit orders. The reason for the disruption is that the mother of Treasurer General Paul Mashatile is dead and he needs urgent attention to family matters, she said.
On Tuesday last week, Potgieter-Gqubule again informed the staff in a nationwide letter that they will only be paid later – expected tomorrow -. “Please make arrangements with banks and other creditors. It was not done with evil intentions, but the result of the national crisis, ”her letter states.
She did not want to elaborate on the reasons for the cash flow problem. There is no labor cut at this stage, she said.
“This is related to the Covid-19 pandemic. I am sure there are few organizations and institutions in the country whose finances are not affected by the pandemic. ”
In June 2019, after its poor performance at the polls, the ANC reduced its staff by more than 120.
Then the employment contract of 44 employees was terminated in his parliamentary office and another 80 in provincial offices were dismissed.
In December, salaries were also paid late because contractors for the annual birthday celebration on January 8 demanded that they be paid in advance. This led to a cash flow problem, which led to Mashatile even looking for money in Dubai. The December salaries were already paid on December 12, but were only paid in on December 30.
Sources said at the time Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa in his personal capacity advanced money to pay the salaries, but Potgieter-Gqubule denied it.
“We paid it from our own sources,” she said.