Remuneration review commission delayed

A committee probing the salaries of state employees needs more time to complete its work.

Public Administration and Services Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Wednesday said a remuneration review committee set up to investigate the salaries of state employees will take eight months to complete its work.

She was giving the parliamentary portfolio committee an update on what the commission will be doing.

In his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma announced the establishment of a remuneration review committee to investigate the salaries of civil servants, with teachers being given top priority.

It is headed by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo.

Earlier, Sisulu told MPs that a recent dispute between South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) and the education minister delayed the commission.

"A strike has delayed us by more than two months which is a pity."

Sadtu had called for the education minister to resign, but the union has since backed down on its demand.