Teachers have expressed scepticism over an announcement by Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube that civil servants will get their bonuses this year.
That bonus is a curse. It will worsen our plight because every service provider will be increasing prices tracking the bonus that will be paid and the civil servants will be worse off.
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Ncube announced over the weekend that civil servants will get their 2019 13th cheque “thanks to austerity”.
The statement, posted on Twitter, was met with anger by hard-pressed public workers who considered Ncube highly insensitive to claim that austerity has been beneficial when in fact, it has worsened their suffering.