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Call for ANC deployees to pitch in to pay salaries of unpaid staffers

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247 ANC staffers have not been paid their August, September and October salaries.

Unpaid ANC staff picket outside their Cape Town offices last week. Picture: Velani Ludidi

THE PRESIDENT of the Progressive Blacks in ICT, Dr Leon Rolls, has appealed to the conscience of ANC deployees to help rescue the party from administrative collapse as a result of non-payment of salaries.

According to Rolls, the ANC has enough deployees in and outside the country who can help end the torment faced by the party’s staffers who have gone without salaries for several months and face the possibility of spending the festive season without their salaries.

“All that needs to happen is that those deployees contribute at least 25% of their remuneration to the ANC salary bill and that money must be ring-fenced,” said Rolls.

“The offices of the ANC need to put together proper systems in place that improve efficiency to reduce the need for warm bodies. With the internship programmes for all political parties as part of the 1% of the contribution by government to political parties, it should be enough to subsidise the salary bill of the party.”

Rolls accused the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) of failing to take responsibility or making sufficient effort to resolve the salary issue.

“There is a possibility that politics and factions are at play. I would say the entire ANC national executive committee (NEC) is neglecting the issue – these are individuals in the highest decision making body of the party in-between conferences.”

He added: “When the state-owned enterprises are in this trouble, the very same NEC members disband the boards, so why not intervene in the issue which is closer to home. I think they know what needs to happen.”

Rolls said there are available solutions to the problem, and claimed that if some NEC members could get kickbacks from companies, then they should be able to find ways to channel some monies to the purse of the party.

The ANC has been at loggerheads with its employees who have, as a last resort, downed tools in protest against the lack of remuneration.

A total of 247 staffers have not been paid their August, September and October salaries.

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