Court dismisses Sassa bid to stop strike with costs

2018-07-04 16:26
About 100 Sassa employees affiliated to the Public Servants’ Association marched to the agency’s regional offices on Monday. (File, Nompendulo Ngubane, GroundUp)

About 100 Sassa employees affiliated to the Public Servants’ Association marched to the agency’s regional offices on Monday. (File, Nompendulo Ngubane, GroundUp)

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

The Labour Court in Johannesburg has ordered that the South African Social Security Agency's (Sassa) bid to halt the strike of its employees, be struck off the roll with costs.

On Monday, Minister Susan Shabangu filed an urgent court interdict to halt the strike, saying striking employees would disrupt the department's ability to administer the payment of grants.

The court ruled on Wednesday afternoon that parties are directed to initiate negotiations within seven days. 

"The confirmation that the negotiations have started in earnest must be attested by the way of affidavit filed by the applicants with the registrar of this court on or before 12 July 2019," the court ruled.

READ: 'We are paid peanuts,' says striking Sassa employee

The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) was also ordered to call off the strike. 

"Once again, you see when the PSA takes something on, we have researched it very well to ensure that we do the right thing for our members," PSA general manager Ivan Fredericks said. 

Fredericks said the court ruled in their favour, adding that they are "forcing Sassa" to negotiate with workers. 

"That's what we wanted and that is what we got."

The Social Development Department's spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi told News24 that their doors were open 24/7 for negotiations. 

"Negotiations do not mean that we have to agree, it means that you must negotiate. We are open to negotiations as long as it's in confinement with the law."

Read more on:    sassa  |  courts  |  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

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Cluster Financial Manager

Cape Town
Network Finance
R950 000.00 - R1 000 000.00 Per Year

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

IT Manager (contract)

Cape Town CBD
Communicate Cape Town IT
R330 000.00 - R458 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

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.