ANC has no plan in place to pay outstanding salaries soon, say frustrated staff

With the ANC's financial problems deepening as the local government elections draw closer, party staff members said that they did not know how long they could endure the financial strain which had now resulted in them not receiving salaries for three consecutive months.

Luthuli House, ANC's headquarters, in Johannesburg. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - With the African National Congress (ANC) scrambling to raise money for the upcoming local government elections, the party's frustrated staff members said that it was becoming clear that the organisation had no plan in place to pay their salaries any time soon.

In a letter to staff, ANC general manager, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule informed them that the party was still unable to pay salaries for the months of July and August.

Employees are now facing a tough long weekend as the party said that September salaries due this Saturday would not be paid either.

With the ANC's financial problems deepening as the local government elections draw closer, party staff members said that they did not know how long they could endure the financial strain which had now resulted in them not receiving salaries for three consecutive months.

ANC staff member Mandla Qwane: "It has gotten to the point where we just can't stomach the situation. It is putting severe anxiety on members of staff."

Qwane said that the party had failed to indicate how it planned to repay the outstanding salaries.

"We are sitting in a virtual meeting with the general manager and she has absolutely nothing to tell us except for the fact that we must try and accept the situation, they are working hard to resolve the matter. But there's nothing concrete. There is not even an indication that there is going to be pay for the month of October or November and so on. There is absolutely nothing on the table," Qwane said.

The party said that it regretted the hardship and uncertainty that its failure was causing, describing the situation as deeply regrettable.

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