- The EFF has given the Amathole District Municipality an ultimatum after it announced it won't be able to pay workers for four months
- The party gave the Eastern Cape municipality seven days to retract its announcement
- The EFF threatened to embark or a picket or mass protest if the municipality fails to retract the notice of non-payment
The Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF) has threatened to embark on a picket or mass protest if the Amathole District Municipality doesn't retract the notice of non-payment it has issued to employees.
Julius Malema's party gave the Eastern Cape municipality seven days to retract the announcement that it won't be able to pay the salaries of its workers, councillors and traditional leaders for four months. The party wants the municipality to continue paying workers despite its financial problems.
The EFF Labour Desk said in a statement:
"It is concerning that even if we are faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, the municipality intends throwing workers under the bus and subject them to a life of hunger and poverty."
According to the SABC, 1 641 municipal employess and 56 councillors and traditional leaders will be affected if the municipality goes ahead with its plan.
"This mediocricity by the Amathole District Municipality also calls for an audit to be made into the financial documents and suspicious conduct of the managers," said the EFF.
The public broadcaster reports that municipal manager Thandekile Mnyimba says the Amathole District’s salary bill is not affordable because it is higher than its budget.
In other news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that Anele Mdoda was dragged on social media for laughing at a meme telling tweeps to post their matric results before they share conspiracy theories about Covid-19.
The media personality shared the meme on Twitter on Wednesday, 6 January and a lot of people were not impressed. The meme read:
"Maybe before you post your conspiracy theories you should post your matric results. Not sure how you went from failing Math Lit to your Doctorate in Virology and your degree in 5G telecommunications."
The radio host then shared on her timeline that she found the meme funny. Anele wrote:
"I laughed out loud!"
Social media users took to the star's comment section and roasted her.
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