SRA junior workers find backlog
… fear this could negatively impact SACU receipt
True to their fears, SRA junior employees are currently trying to reconcile work which they left hanging in December when they engaged in the protracted strike.
This was confirmed by several employees, especially those from VAT refund, who said they were hard at work trying to ensure that all refunds were made out to deserving importers.
Revealing some of the backlog, they said ,“The VRA/Sekulula VAT where you fill up the form and leave your receipts at the border without paying so that SRA can claim your Vat from their counterparts from South Africa (South African Revenue Service) were not filled properly.”
They alleged that they feared this could affect the current quarter’s Southern African Customs Union ( SACU) receipts.
They alleged that vehicle valuations were either not done or cars were under-valued and this could affect revenue collected in the long run.
“We have to work overtime whereas there are people who have been given bonuses for doing our work,” they said adding that this was serving as a deterrent to some of them from engaging in union protests in future.
“This has divided us, mainly because we did not get what we were fighting for,” they said.
They further decried the fact that they were doing work which should have been done during the strike, a period they were not paid.
The employees revealed fears of backlog prior to the end of the strike after their Commissioner GEneral, Dumisani Masilela, reportedly commended workers who collected E1billion during the strike.
The striking workers, who were speaking out prior to the agreement by management and union to avoid speaking to the media, had revealed that they foresaw a situation where they would have to do the work on return.
SRA Boss Dumisani Masilela.