ancNews24 reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday laid a charge against the African National Congress (ANC) over the ruling party's alleged failure to pay Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) contributions to the state.

The ANC's staff has been in dispute with the cash-strapped party over its failure to pay their salaries. One of their claims is that the ANC has been deducting UIF contributions from workers, but, since 2018, it has failed to pay them over to the fund. "If true, this would constitute a criminal offence in terms of the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act of 2002 and the Tax Administration Act of 2011," DA MPs Michael Cardo and Michael Bagraim said in a joint statement on Tuesday after laying the charges at the Cape Town Central Police Station. They went on to indicate: "As the ruling party, the ANC has a special duty to serve as an exemplar to other employers. And as the ANC is being accused of criminal behaviour by its own staff members, the matter requires urgent investigation by SAPS." On Monday, ANC staff picketed in all provinces. Late last month, the ANC started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to pay its workers.


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