WE data capturers joined the Department of Health in 2010 and finished the year internship in October last year. We were then receiving a stipend of R1500.
We were called back in January and signed a six-month contract. The stipend increased to R5000.
The first people got paid in March and R2000 was deducted. The second lot got paid in April. I was one of the last four in the Nelson Mandela Bay district to be back-paid in May with a total deduction of R4000.
I have not received a pay slip to see where these deductions come from and nobody is saying anything.
Our contract ended at the end of June. We were called back to resume duty on July 4 and signed an extension of the January contract.
We have still not been paid, but we are told to continue working. We have not been called to any meeting to explain what is happening, instead we must make calls ourselves to Bhisho and still, there is no direct answer to any of my questions.
When we ask for a date of when to expect our pay, nobody can tell us.
We must still take taxis to work, eat, wash, etc and we do not have money for any of these. Yet we are expected to report for duty daily and nobody cares how we get to work.
This department is failing us and there is no communication with the employees. We are urgently asking for the intervention of the MEC of health.
Health Department employee (name supplied), Port Elizabeth