The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of committing fiscal treason against the South African people by offering a R18 billion cash bribe (which is part of public wage offer) to gain the support of public sector unions. before the next municipal elections.
The South African government news agency reported that after months of public sector wage negotiations, civil unions have accepted the government’s latest offer. These include the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), the National Professional Teachers’ Organization of South Africa (Naptosa), the Public Servants’ Association of South Africa (PSA) and the Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa (Denosa).
DA: ‘R18 BILLION ON A PUBLIC SALARY AGREEMENT, A POLITICAL BOTTLE’
The government, through the Ministry of Civil Service and Administration, has submitted an offer to increase the pensionable salary by 1.5% with a lump sum bonus payable monthly, ranging from R1 200 to R1 600 on a sliding scale from April 1 to March 31 of next year.
The DA says the wage deal, which will run until shortly after the next election, “will reward ANC cadres for their mismanagement” of South Africa on the brink of bankruptcy. State with a salary increase of 1.5% and a monthly “bonus” in cash which amounts to R14,640 and R20,340 per year.
DA shadow minister for civil service and administration Dr Leon Schreiber has said taxpayers will have to pay for the ANC’s desperation to stay in power at all costs.
“With total tax revenue of R 1.37 trillion expected for the current fiscal year, the ANC’s political bribe means that nearly half of all tax revenue will now be used just to pay off taxes. salaries of a public service that cannot even perform some of the most basic functions of a state, ”he said.
In June 2020, the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, announced his intention to reduce the public sector wage bill by 160 billion rand over the next three years by revising the three-year wage agreement signed in 2018 by the government. and unions.
The DA claims that this “payroll bribe” has damaged the credibility of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, after he made repeated promises over the years to cut the payroll.
“We all know that the ANC relies heavily on its allies in the unions affiliated with Cosatu to campaign for it ahead of the election and with its support already waning, the party was clearly willing to do whatever it takes. to appease the radical unions.
It is quite obvious that the ANC has offered the cash payment of R18 billion to buy union support in the run-up to local elections. The only way this political bribe would be more obvious is if the ANC handed the money to their union cadres in unmarked sports bags. “
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