South Africa’s ruling party since the end of the Apartheid, the African National Congress, is reported to be in financial turmoil leading to allegations that the party may soon cut personnel.
South Africa’s oldest egalitarian left-wing political entity is more than R 20 million in the red and has not been paying salaries to some of its workers due to lack of funding after the 2014 general election, as reported by the Mail and Guardian.
The shortfalls were caused by the tight competition with the nation’s main opposition force, the Democratic Alliance, in the most recent elections.
According to some reports, some ANC employees have not been paid for more than two months, with others receiving salaries delayed by weeks.
Sources within the ANC have also said the party is planning to downsize its staff by half in an attempt to reduce its spending.
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said to the media that the party’s financing was cut after it had lost 16 seats in parliament in the general elections this May.
The ANC also lost 16 seats in the regional parliaments, despite it gaining 3 seats in three provinces.
The party’s personnel is already aware of the management’s plan to cut expenses and some employees have expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation, as unemployment in the nation is rife, reported at 25.4% in this year’s third quarter, according to the Trading Economics data.
“We said to them: ‘Comrades, please bear with us … the ship is tight’,” Mantashe said as quoted by the Mail & Guardian.
“When things turn around we will look at what option we have.” He, however, denied the allegations the party is intending to cut staff, insisting that employees will only be forgoing bonuses this year.
“We have not let go of a single staff member,” he said, adding, “Staff want an 18% increase … Increases are a function of affordability.”
Source: South Africa Today