Civil servants have rejected the government’s plan to pay their bonuses on basic salaries exclusive of allowances saying that such a move violates their rights. The minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube made the announcement in the 2019 national budget on November 22. He said
The government has taken the position that bonus is payable for 2018, with the commitment that these payments be processed before year end. Traditionally, payment of the 13th cheque is computed as the sum of basic salary, housing and transport allowances.
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In light of the resolve to ensure that expenditure commitments don’t further worsen challenges associated with deficit financing that has placed us in the prevailing difficult situation that we find ourselves in, the 13th cheque is, henceforth, computed based on basic salary only, excluding housing and transport allowances.
The move has been met with disapproval and condemnation by the Apex Council, the body which represents civil servants. Apex Council Chairperson Cecilia Alexander said
While we welcome the payment of bonuses this calendar year, we completely reject the decision to pay bonuses based on basic salary as this amounts to a unilateral withdrawal of a benefit much against the law of the land.
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Professor Mthuli Ncube is the Minister of Finance and Economic Development. He was the Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, financial, economics, investment, and public policy expert, entrepreneur and academic. Professor Ncube divides his time between the private sector in Switzerland... Read More About Mthuli Ncube