African National Congress  (ANC) staff say the governing party’s non-payment of their salaries has badly affected their livelihood. The have vowed to embark on an indefinite strike from Thursday.

Workers at the ANC haven’t been paid for two months due to cash-flow problems. Management at the party’s headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg says all party offices throughout the country will be closed on Thursday.

In June, workers marched to the party’s headquarters and handed over a memorandum to acting secretary-general Jessie Duarte who promised that workers’ salaries would be paid on time.

ANC staff representative committee chairperson, Mvusi Mdala  says non-payment of the salaries has badly affected the livelihood of the workers

“We have been in this situation for some time for more than 4 years because the employer has not been paying our provident fund, has not been paying our UIF whereas they’ve been deducting from us since 2018, therefore we are not convinced that the pandemic and the party funding is as a result of the financial crisis that is facing the ANC currently,” says Mdala.

ANC staff members across the country picket over salaries: 

In June, ANC staff members  embarked on a nationwide picket over the governing party’s failure to pay their salaries on time.

The ANC has been experiencing financial problems with reports that it owed the South African Revenue Service (SARS) R80 million in Pay As You Earn deductions.

In the video below, ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile explains how the party was planning to raise some funds: