African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Paul Mashatile says they were not able to sort out their resources in order to pay their employees before 25 December 2019.
Staff members at Luthuli House experienced delays in their December salaries.
Mashatile says as the ANC they are able to run Luthuli House and pay their salaries on time.
Speaking to Eusebius McKasier, Mashatile says the 25th and 26th of December were a holiday so they only paid salaries on December 27.
When we are talking about paying salaries in the ANC we are not talking about R100,000.— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
Payday is the 25th. We paid them on time in November and they knew that Christmas is coming and the next payday is on Christmas. I always say to people that the ANC is an NGO, not a commercial business.— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
Mashatile says this is not the first time, he doesn't understand why this is blown out of proportion.
He adds that they get their money from donors.
It is not my problem. People know they get paid on the 25th if we can pay them earlier we do it but if donors transfer money later what must I do? Must I go steal money from the bank?— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
There is nothing on their contracts that says in December they will get paid earlier, we do it if we can. It is not my problem because it is not in the contract.— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
Wow paul "is not my problem"...am sure even service delivery is not their problem.Yah ne....I cant say am shocked.— JJ Letsoalo (@LetsoaloG) January 13, 2020
ANC staff member's salaries depens on when their donors give them money? I am not sure what is worse @Eusebius; this fact or Paul Mashatile's "I don't care" attitude.— General (@LukheleSipho) January 13, 2020
Hhayi bo Paul Mashatile! "It's not my problem if payday fell on Christmas day!" I'm shook! 😳🙊 @Eusebius— Carol Mkhatshwa (@lindzmkh) January 13, 2020
@PaulMashatile says to @Eusebius He doesn’t care that ANC employees got paid on the 27th Dec,instead of 25th,bcoz they should have known that 25th was xmas day.The employees requested to be paid b4 the 25th.He says it is not his duty to ensure that they had money before 25th— dadto2boyz (@MrSekete) January 13, 2020
Moving on to the January 8 statement rally held over the weekend in Kimberley, Mashatile says the ruling party is not divided.
The ANC is not deeply divided. We resolved the concerns of division by focusing on unity and the leaders at the top are working together.— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
He adds that the socioeconomic developments mean they need to address issues that are making it difficult for the economy to grow, starting with the energy sector.
We need to get the energy sector right, we must make sure we fix SOEs and we must bring other elements of energy. If the energy sector is not reliable surely no one will want to invest in such an environment.— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
We have to get Eskom right and we need to look at other alternatives and also lower the cost of doing business so investors can invest.— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
Mashatile says in his view, Eskom should not fall under the Department of Public Enterprises.
It should be under the Department of Energy so there can be consistency in policies and implementation.— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
There is no excuse to say we have load shedding because the coal is wet. We knew there will be rain, why not cover the coal beforehand?— Paul Mashatile, Treasurer-general - ANC
Listen to the full interview below...