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psaCity Press reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents more than 245,000 public sector employees, has pushed back against claims that public servants are overpaid and underperforming.

The trade union said on Friday that public servants were “undervalued and overworked” and struggling to make ends meet, notwithstanding government's recent implementation of a 4.7% salary increase.   The PSA’s remarks came on the heels of comments made last week by economist Dawie Roodt that South African public servants were overpaid and did not deliver the quality services they were supposed to. Roodt slammed the salary increase for civil servants, saying that the public sector wage bill was too high and that government should focus on reigning in spending in order to decrease its debt. The PSA’s Reuben Maleka criticised Roodt’s remarks, saying the 4.7% wage increase, which took effect on 1 April 2024, was inadequate and failed to keep up with the rising cost of living. He said public servants were struggling to afford housing and provide quality education for their children, with most of them burdened by debt and unable to afford basic consumer goods. “Despite these realities, public servants continue to deliver exceptional services to citizens. Their dedication deserves commendation. They are the backbone of public-service institutions, pivotal in meeting the diverse needs of citizens,” Maleka stated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thapelo Lekabe at City Press (subscriber access only)

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