Govt lied to us, say retired civil servants at Union Buildings

2015-11-25 19:59
Retired civil servants at the Union Buildings (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Retired civil servants at the Union Buildings (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Retired civil servants have accused the government of lying and making empty promises about a better pension fund.

Hundreds of pensioners took to the streets of Pretoria and marched on the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum calling on government to address their issues.

Spokesperson for the marchers, Wes Tema, said government had made an undertaking to assist the pensioners in 2010, but that the process had not materialised into anything fruitful.

"During the old dispensation, the contributions into the retirement funds were not proportional. There were imbalances in terms of contributions for white and black people. In 2010, government agreed to that and promised to redress the issue, said Tema.

"People who met the criteria that were set were called to fill in documents in order to receive compensation from government, but that process was halted in 2012. More than three-quarters of people had not been able to register their names when the process was closed."

Tema said, despite the majority of people having applied for the redress programme, they had not received any payment from government. He called on officials to reopen the registration process and to allow other deserving retired civil servants to register and get compensated.

"We feel the government is undermining our resolve for a better life. They must reopen the process and those who registered before should be paid," he said.

TJ Nkhi showed the media a copy of a Resolution 3 of 2012 that was signed by unions at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC). It resolved to put an end to the redressing programme.

Nkhi said he did not understand how unions could sign such a resolution on their behalf, as they were not affiliated to any union.

The marchers held placards aloft and sang their hearts out on the lawns of the Union Buildings as they waited for officials to receive their memorandum. Among the placards was one which read: "Pensioners don’t eat peanuts." 

The memorandum was received by Shemi Mashweu from the Presidency who said it would be treated with the necessary respect and that it would be given attention. 

Read more on:    pretoria  |  protests

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.