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
"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
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson, 078 290 5842
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