A number of Stats SA employees said they had not received any payments.

  • Some 2022 census workers say they suffer from not being paid.
  • Stats SA says 90% of census staff received salaries.
  • He urged those who were not paid to contact the nearest office.

Some field workers who participated in the 2022 census say they suffer because they are not paid.

Tanda Mvubu, 28, a field worker, said she had tried many times to get South African statistics but was suspended or told she was not in the system.

“After calling them, they say they will pay us the next day, which eventually turns into a week. Some members of my team have not received a penny from Stats SA,” Mvubu said.

Mvubu said one of her teammates signed a contract and worked for several months, but she was told she was not in the system.

“I’ve worked on two contracts and haven’t gotten anything yet. Although Stats SA has promised that I will receive the money in 10 days when the contract expires … I’m still waiting,” Mvubu said.

The started worker said that she made plans for her money, including enrolling in courses at Unisa.

She said:

I was unable to enroll for the second semester because I was addicted to money and now I am depressed because I am the only one working at home. I have to carry my baby to the nursery, including providing for the mother.

“Stats SA has let me down, all I need is my money. They need to pay people. I’m depressed now and I can barely sleep. It’s wrong what they do with the youth of South Africa,” Mvubu said.

Some field workers have shared on social media that they cannot attend graduation ceremonies due to delayed payments.

23-year-old Lehutzo Mogoru, also a field worker, expressed similar concerns and said frustration could not help with home finances.

Mogoru planned to use part of the money for a short course.

“The statistical department is not organized. We did not sign contracts before the first day of work, and contracts were sent a few days later, then people started working,” said Mogoru.

“We worked hard all three months. It’s hard now because I can’t even buy cornmeal … some people are depressed and hurt because we’ve worked so hard and there’s nothing to show. “

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Social media users across South Africa who worked for Stats SA shared how delays in payments affect their emotional impact.

Stats SA spokesman Trevor Osterwick told News24 that some employees had been paid.

“Workers need to make sure all their data is correct, and if they did, they should get their pay. I can confirm that 90% of employees have received salaries and there are several outstanding payments,” Ostervik said.


The statistician went on social media to express how she felt.

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