Left-wing to far-left pan-Africanist political partY, the Economic Freedom Fighters has slammed the ANC for yet another delay in paying its staff.
This comes after Luthuli House wrote to its workers two days ago informing them that their September salaries would only be paid on October 9.
Febe Potgieter, ANC GM wrote “We urgently request staff to make the necessary arrangements with their banks, and we most sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused”.
This is not the first time the governing party has been late in paying the salaries of its workers – it has happened no less than three times since December last year.
In a statement, the EFF said the delay was tantamount to exploitation and the unnecessary disruption of financial obligations of ANC staff members.
It said keeping quiet because the matter is an internal issue of another political party was no longer an option for the EFF.
EFF spokesperson Delisile Ngwenya said “Month after month, the public has witnessed statements from the ruling party which, with no remorse or consideration, informs employees that they will be paid significantly later than the agreed dates at the end of the month”.
“As the EFF, we are duty-bound to call out the exploitation of workers, even if it is within the confines of other political parties. These employees are bound by contract, have dependents and bills to service.”
Ngwenya said the ANC’s “failure to manage its financial affairs” was a shame which should not be allowed to affect innocent workers.
The EFF called on ANC workers to approach the EFF labour desk to seek assistance in taking on their employer.
Ngwenya added that “The EFF will defend these employees without fail from the exploitation they are faced with in a ruling party that simply cannot sustain itself or those in its employ”.