Restrictions on Bonuses for Under-Performance in the Public Workplace

17 December 2014. 

The IFP calls on government to enact legislation that would prohibit government officials and CEOs of government parastatals from receiving bonuses even though they underperform in the workplace. 

"We wish to see legislation enacted that will prohibit government and its agencies from awarding workers whose quantifiable actions rather warrant firing, disciplinary sanction, and possibly criminal investigation, not being awarded millions of Rands of taxpayers' money in performance bonuses! This is not only tantamount to criminality, but also a giant slap in the face to the top performers who are striving to make their individual organisations successful," said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala. 

"We believe that legislation of this kind would help restore confidence that government is committed to spending public money wisely. The notion that taxpayers' money is used to pay cash bonuses to employees who have engaged in conduct that could get them fired or sent to jail is outrageous, and such legislation would put an end to it. This legislation must include a clause that would require employees found to be guilty of serious misconduct to repay any bonuses received by them," continued Mr Gwala. 

"The fact that so many government officials and CEOs collected huge performance bonuses year after year while continually failing at their jobs, calls into questions whether government leaders even know the meaning of the word 'accountability'," concluded Mr Gwala. 

The IFP calls on the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Lynne Brown to ensure that Eskom's senior management are not receiving bonuses this year, as this country is currently facing load shedding as a result of ESKOM management's incompetence. By awarding those bonuses government will be rewarding their failure. 


Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson, 078 290 5842

For Media Queries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675