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ancCity Press reports that at the last-minute on Thursday, the ANC averted a widely anticipated court interdict application by staff and further protest action targeted against its policy conference.

ANC employees were reported to be contemplating interdicting the organisation from hosting the conference, which started with a presidential gala dinner on Wednesday and is scheduled to end on Sunday. Among the top lawyers they approached to represent them was Advocate Dali Mpofu. As President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing guests during the gala dinner on Wednesday night, the staff protested outside. However, in a bid to avoid the embarrassment of the protests, which had started earlier in the week, the party paid all its unpaid employees their June salaries on Thursday, with a promise to pay the July salaries after the policy conference. Despite receiving their salaries, some employees proceeded to picket outside the delegates’ accreditation centre in Turffontein, Johannesburg, on Thursday. The employees were demanding to be paid their July salaries as a matter of urgency. ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe told the media that the party was doing everything to raise funds so that staff salaries would be paid. He said the issue of salaries, raised by staff members, was being addressed not because of the policy conference, but because it involved people’s livelihoods.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Norman Masungwini at City Press

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