Zim govt: Civil servants won't be sacked

3,000 teachers were not paid in July after they did not make it into the government's headcount.

FILE. Zimbabwean Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - President Robert Mugabe's government appeared to be making moves to get rid of excess public sector workers when they conducted a headcount of teachers a few months ago.

All those who weren't at their schools didn't get their salaries at the end of July, which equated to around 3,000 teachers.

That was overshadowed by the wave of job losses at state-run firms in the private sector in July and August.

It was only stopped when parliament pushed through hasty changes to labour laws.

Zimbabwean Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa has made a move to reassure civil servants that he is not going to sack anyone. He says the government does not want to cause joblessness, only economic growth.