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iecThe Star reports that Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) temporary staff claim they have not been paid for their services. Several of them are now demanding to be paid as promised ahead of the 2024 general elections.

The staff, mostly made up of unemployed youths, revealed that they felt disappointed and discouraged after the commission failed to pay them in full. A 27-year old man from Mafikeng claimed that although others had not been paid at all, he was paid R2,025 instead of R3,950. “I have worked for IEC for several years. This is the first time I have been this disappointed. I am unemployed, it makes no sense to be taxed over R1,000. The excuse they gave me was that the salary was taxed by Sars,” the man lamented. Another woman from Ekurhuleni said: “I was at the voting station from 8am until the next day at 1pm. Hungry and tired, I expected to be paid about R2,000. I was shocked when R719 landed into my account. In my group, some people have not been paid at all.” A text message on a WhatsApp group managed by an IEC senior staffer indicated: “Update: payment. We are currently processing staff payments for all staff members and for all events. Few things worth noting: SARS deduction is done according to a person’s bracket. So stipend amounts won’t be the same ... but ALL stipends will be taxed. We pay within 30 days and in batches every Saturday. As such, the first batch will be paid this Saturday 8th of June and the second to be paid on the 15th of June and the last 2 batches on the 22nd or 29th of June respectively. We are not in control of who makes it into each batch ... the Finance Dept at the National Office releases all payments in batches.” IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said that the staffers should go to the office that contracted them.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ntombi Nkosi at The Star

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