SANDF blames new system for bonus bungle

2012-12-20 16:02
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Johannesburg - A changeover to a new human resources system led to a bungle in bonuses paid to about 200 SA Air Force members this month, the military said on Thursday.

"We moved from one system to another and that's when this happened... they were paid, but also received bonuses which were not due to them," SA National Defence Force spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said.

On Thursday, it was reported that the air force members were mistakenly given performance bonuses in December. They had to return the money.

According to Beeld newspaper, most of the soldiers concerned were already on holiday and would only see the letter informing them of the error when they returned to work in January.

Dlamini said the employees would have to repay the money in the next round of salary payments.

"We told them [on Wednesday] that the money paid will be re-paid back to the department, which is normal. If it was overpaid by the government, you have to pay it back."

According to the internal letter, the bonuses would be deducted in full from the January salary, Beeld reported.

Some soldiers had threatened to take the matter to court.

"It's a big mess, because we've already paid tax on it. How are they going to fix it, and what about the people who come back in January to find that they're not getting any salary at the end of the month?" an affected member was quoted as asking.

Dlamini said if members felt the matter had to be taken to court, it was their right.

"They can, it's all up to them. Whoever wants to argue this matter has all the right to do so, but government is clear on this."

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