African National Congress (ANC) workers who have not yet been paid their salaries say they will not be able to assist with election preparations unless they have the financial means to travel to work.
A number of ANC employees say they have still not received their July and August salaries.
ANC Staff Representative Mvusi Mdlala says, “Some of our staff have been paid and others are still waiting for their salaries. We are being owed the July and August salaries.”
“We are not withholding our labour. Remember, for a person to go to work, you must have money for a taxi or for petrol. If you haven’t received a salary for two months, you have no other option but to stay at home. We are not withholding the labour, the employer is failing to meet its obligation to ensure you are at work. Even if one person doesn’t contribute towards a successful election campaign, it is going to have an impact.”
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Meanwhile, the ANC says it is doing all in its power to resolve the concerns that are being brought by its members. Some members are threatening not to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections.
Members protested outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Wednesday against the party’s Councillor candidate selection process.
They say the process was fraught with corruption and they are accusing their Provincial List Committees of failing to help them.
ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe says not voting would be detrimental to communities.
“When you don’t vote in your own ward it is not the ANC you are dealing with. You are dealing with yourself because the delivery of services done through an ANC councillor, impact on your own living condition. If you are so willing that you can give away the livelihood of a community where you stay because there are disputes, then you must be comfortable being led by different people in your own community,” says Mabe.
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