NPANews24 reports that past and present deputy directors of public prosecutions (DDPPs) will finally receive their increases and benefits after a decade-long battle.  

The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ordered the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to comply with its contractual obligations relating to salary structures for DDPPs and chief prosecutors (CPs).  Through the Public Servants Association (PSA), DDPPs and CPs went to court, arguing that unions and the government agreed in 2007 that they would be entitled to the benefits of an improved salary dispensation, as gazetted in 2010, for legal professionals working in the justice sector.  However, DDPPs and CPs were left out in the cold because they were seen as part of senior management, which led to a situation in which junior and senior prosecutors earned the same as or more than DDPPs and CPs.  Judge Corrie van der Westhuizen ordered the NPA to comply with the government notice of 2010 and ordered it to pay costs.  The judgment means all DDPPs and CPs will fall under a new salary model, namely occupation specific dispensation (OSD) on level LP10.  In effect, it means they will receive the original salary increase and affected DDPPs will receive pay backdated to 2007.

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