PRESS STATEMENT- The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is repulsed by reports of extensive corruption at the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) as reported by the Zimbabwe Independent.
The revelations of the rot at NSSA are disheartening given the fact that the real owners of the NSSA money, the workers and pensioners, wallow in poverty while those in charge of administering the authority plunder their hard earned money.
Simple mathematics will tell you no single contributor to NSSA will be able to benefit an amount near the obscene $100 000+ figures that managers and their cronies have been awarding themselves in the guise of loans albeit at zero percent interest.
Businesses have been making a beeline to NSSA to borrow money as NSSA is well known for ‘loaning cheap money’ while pensioners are awarded a paltry $40 per month which is not enough to cover even an electricity bill.
There is no justification for top management at NSSA to earn absurd figures of above $10 000 when the people who have made it possible for them to be employed there get measly figures of $40 and below.
A sickening culture of dishonesty and exploitation of the poor has become deeply rooted in the Zimbabwean system. The rich keep on getting richer at the expense of the poor. The ZCTU has in the past called for investigations into the operations of NSSA as their activities or investments do not benefit the workers or pensioners.
We welcome the findings of the investigation and call for the immediate resignation of the NSSA General Manager James Matiza, the NSSA Board and all Directors at the authority who have been accused of corruption.
Japhet Moyo, SECRETARY GENERAL, ZCTU
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