Thanks to Craig Moffet for an interesting and well argued piece (“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures on public sector pay”, August 17 (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2020-08-17-extraordinary-times-require-extraordinary-measures-on-public-sector-pay/)). The real problem is that the SA government entered into the agreement recklessly in the first place. The negotiators, on behalf of our government, knew full well that the increases were not sustainable, and were immoral anyway.

It is not just the pandemic and lockdown that have caused this situation. For years, the trade unions have held the government to ransom. Because of the tripartite alliance the ANC has in effect been controlled by union federation Cosatu. To just blame the situation on the pandemic is ridiculous...

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