He said the late payment of salaries had resulted in workers losing homes and cars which had been repossessed for failure to pay instalments.
“This inhuman act by the ANC undermines the dignity of its workers, who kept the ANC going by sacrificing their lives in favour of the ANC. As Nehawu, we consciously took the correct decision to take the ANC to the labour court as papers were filed on January 31 2022.
“In the papers, as submitted by the union for and on behalf of its members and staff in the ANC, we demand that the service tendered by workers must be remunerated immediately.”
Saphetha said the ANC had deliberately failed and elected not to honour its contractual obligations since October 2021, and made workers go through the December festive season without salaries while the party continued with its birthday celebrations on January 8.
“The ANC continued to gear up to the January 2022 celebrations, cutting cakes as if all is well and sorted with its employees.”
Saphetha said the union would not watch its members and ANC employees go unpaid.
In December, the ANC said it would pay its staff the three outstanding monthly salaries they were owed before Christmas.