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ancSunday Times reports that the ANC’s poor showing in the May elections will cost more than 120 of its employees their jobs, because fewer MPs means sharply lower parliamentary allowances.  

The decision to retrench up to 44 party staff in Cape Town and 80 more at its parliamentary constituency offices across the country was communicated by chief whip Pemmy Majodina at a tense four-hour staff meeting on Wednesday.  Majodina told the meeting the ANC parliamentary caucus could not afford to retain all its estimated 460 workers.  She said the party was millions of rands poorer in terms of its parliamentary administrative and constituency allowances because of the 23 seats it lost in the May elections, when its support dropped to 57.5% from 62.15% in 2014.  But the disgruntled employees are not taking the matter lying down, and challenged Majodina and her deputy Dorris Dlakude and NCOP chief whip Seiso Mohai to do away with luxuries such as phone allowances for senior managers, rented photocopiers in every office in parliament and a leased car for the chief whip.  Khaya Xaba, spokesperson for Nehawu, which represents the majority of ANC employees, said:  “As much as we understand the fact that we have lost seats in the last election, our view is that the employer has not canvassed various avenues to avoid these job losses.”  Meantime, the party’s headquarters is beefing up staff.  Former ministers from Jacob Zuma’s tenure have been appointed to posts at Luthuli House, allegedly at ministerial salaries.

  • Read more of the above Sunday Times report by Andisiwe Makinana at SA Labour News

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