The internal issues the governing party of the nation, the ANC is poised with keeps escalating; in a new development, the payment of salaries for the party’s staff members has been delayed again, according to a letter with the governing party’s letterhead and signed by the party’s general manager Febe Potgieter.
According to the letter shared on social media, salaries for September will be paid late, on 9 October 2020.
The letter read “We urgently request staff to make the necessary arrangements with their banks, and we most sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused”.
Meanwhile, EFF leader Julius Malema took a dig at the party’s president in a tweet of the letter.
Malema tweeted: “Imaginary billionaire president, sies”, tagging the party and state president Cyril Ramaphosa on the social media platform.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) October 1, 2020
This is not the first time that the governing party has struggled with paying salaries on time, which is supposed to be on the 25th of the month.
Recall that in June, salaries for staffers were delayed, with the communicated date of payment at the time being 6 July.
At the time of publication on Thursday, the party had not issued a statement on the late payment of September salaries.
Potgieter referred the media to party spokesperson Pule Mabe when called to confirm the authenticity of the letter.
Mabe initially requested to be called after 20 minutes as he said he was on another call, however, 20 minutes later his cellphone went unanswered.
Meanwhile, the commission of inquiry into state capture heard this week that businessman Edwin Sodi had made payments to several ANC officials and ministers, including Deputy State Security Minister Zizi Kodwa.
Sodi told the commission that at the time he made payments to Kodwa he was not a minister but worked for the governing party.
The commission heard that one of the amounts Sodi paid to Kodwa was R174,000 and that the payments the businessman made to the now deputy minister were made “to him in his personal capacity” and as a “friend” after Kodwa requested assistance on several occasions.
Sodi told the commission that in some instances Kodwa would ask for assistance citing the delayed payment of salaries “from Luthuli House”.