ANC fights ruling to pay officials R360 000

ANC flag. (Thulani Mbele, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)
ANC flag. (Thulani Mbele, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)

The ANC in North West has filed an application in the labour court, requesting that it take on review a decision by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to pay two officials their salaries that have been outstanding for 11 months, totalling R360 000.

The deadline for the payments to Tebogo Kock and Daddy Leshomo, who argued that they worked full time at the ANC’s provincial headquarters in Getrude Mphekwa House during that period, had been set for December 23.

The CCMA ruled that the complainants were entitled to R180 000 each at a salary scale of R15 000 a month.

Kock told City Press yesterday that he had received papers indicating that the ANC was taking the matter to the labour court for a review application.

A date for the hearing was yet to be set, he said.

Chauke said the ANC would present evidence in court showing that the complainants were doing “double work”

City Press has seen the notice of the motion by the ANC, filed on December 19, in which the party wants the court to set aside the CCMA ruling on the basis of “gross irregularities”. The party also wants a stay of enforcement of the ruling, pending the outcome of the review.

Hlomani Chauke, the ANC’s interim provincial committee leader in North West, said that, although he did not have the granular details regarding the matter, the party would dispute the claim that the employees were working full time at the provincial office.

Chauke said the ANC would present evidence in court showing that the complainants were doing “double work” – meaning that they were also employed elsewhere and receiving an additional salary.

“We know that they have claimed to be working full time, but they were also getting a salary on the side,” he said.

Chauke said it was common practice for ANC staff members to go to ANC events, sign the attendance register and then leave. They would then claim payment for work that was, in fact, not done. He said that the party would clamp down on such conduct.

In a similar case, the ANC had until Friday to pay R135 000 to Oupa Matla, who had headed the province’s communications arm ahead of last year’s elections.

Matla had claimed that he had not been paid his R15 000 monthly salary, starting from July 2018 until the conclusion of the May 8 elections. Then, in May, the ANC paid him R30 000, despite owing him a salary for 11 months, he said.

Yesterday, Matla told City Press that the ANC had failed to honour the CCMA ruling, and he expected that the amount would gain interest the longer the party delayed paying him.

He said sources at Getrude Mphekwa House had informed him that the ANC could not respond to his CCMA challenge as correspondence with the party was sent to the wrong email address. As a result, the ANC had not received the written ruling, which was issued on December 12.

But Matla disputes this claim, saying he had been in communication with the ANC’s legal representative in a bid to resolve the matter outside the CCMA.

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