Tensions within government over the contentious wage bill blew into the open on Wednesday, with the National Treasury and the department of public service & administration failing to present a united front.

The contradiction at the Labour Appeal court on Wednesday underscored the inherent tension between the Treasury and other departments as the keeper of the national purse pushed back against implementing a deal it says was illegal from the start. Over the years the Treasury has resisted implementing  politically expedient but unaffordable plans...

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