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Trouble In Paradise As ANC Top Leaders Joins Protesting Staff In Luthuli House Over This Problem

Several ANC leaders working at the party's headquarters, Luthuli House, protested outside the location of the special national executive committee (NEC) on Sunday for unpaid salary. Former Cabinet ministers Nomvula Mokonyane and ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini, as well as party spokeswoman Pule Mabe and Presidency Head Sibongile Besani, were also among the protesting personnel.

Mabe stated that they had also been impacted by the ANC's inability to pay salaries since August. "The situation cannot continue, the situation cannot continue," he added. Mabe reminded the ANC that if it wants to keep its competent workers, it must assure job stability, frequently incentivize them, and pay their fringe benefits. "We will not leave the (NEC) conference till we get an agreement on what has to be done," he assured. According to Mabe, the problem of unpaid employees would be at the top of the agenda for the NEC and the national working committee. Mandla Qwane, an ANC staff spokesperson, stated that the ANC committed to paying salaries by the end of November.

Staff representatives will meet with ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, and party leadership on Tuesday. Qwane stated that ANC workers are waiting for a response to the memorandum that they delivered to the party. "It's unfair and upsetting for the leadership that they can fundraise for elections and other activities, but they don't seem to care about the wellbeing of personnel," he added, alluding to the Electoral Commission of SA's findings that the ANC raised about R23 million in August and September.

"There is money," Qwane added, "but there isn't the political will to look after the wellbeing of employees." If so much money was spent on elections, a little amount or a percentage of that money might have been provided to workers to help them live for a week or two." He stated that ANC employees will struggle until their demands were satisfied. There will be regional and provincial conferences, as well as national conferences. And this necessitates staff people doing the work that they do on a daily basis," Qwane stated.

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