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[UPDATE] SABC blames bank glitch for salaries not being paid

The SABC's Neo Momodu says that the public broadcaster has made all the necessary payments on time and the fault slipped in at the bank's side.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says that it is urgently dealing with its bank to sort out a technical glitch which resulted in staff not being paid their salaries on time.

Frustrated employees contacted Eyewitness News in a panic on Tuesday, complaining that they were not warned in advance.

This frenzy was partly triggered by concerns raised in Parliament by the SABC management painting a bleak picture of not being able to pay salaries in the future if the financial crisis at the public broadcaster doesn't change.

There was panic and anger this morning as Eyewitness News received a number of reports from staff at the SABC, who had not received their money on time.

But the broadcaster's Neo Momodu says that there was a technical problem on the bank's side and has assured staff that they will be paid before the end of the day.

She's also clarified that the SABC made all the necessary payments on time.

"We are handling the matter with the bank and we are sure that it will reflect in their accounts on 29 January. We've paid the salaries like we always do to the necessary banks so that they reflect with our staff. We are not in control of the cash. As far we are concerned as management, the salaries should have reflected in the staff's bank accounts."

Union Bemawu has criticised the SABC for not communicating the developments on time to avoid the panic.

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