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Parliament denies bonuses paid to top execs

This follows media reports that Parliament rewarded executive managers in the 2017/18 financial year.

Parliament of South Africa in Cape Town. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has denied claims it paid performance bonuses to its top executives.

News site The Daily Maverick has reported that Parliament rewarded executive managers for performance in the 2017/18 financial year.

The institution says it has not paid any bonuses for the past three years, including a claimed R56,000 bonus to suspended former secretary Gengezi Mgidlana.

The National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has dismissed Parliament's denial and insists that the bonus payments were made.

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Motapo says the annual report merely reflects "projections" for possible bonuses subject to the outcomes of annual performance assessments.

But Nehawu Parliament branch chairperson Sthembiso Tembe says this is not the case.

“No, we don’t accept that. At this stage we don’t believe that was a mistake. We believe that the bonuses were paid as it was reflected in the annual report.”

Tembe says the union will hold a meeting to discuss the bonuses to executives and also further analyse the annual report.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)