Added to the days mapped out to celebrate Christmas, the president, Jacob Zuma has confirmed Tuesday, December 27 a public holiday for all SA workers.
The Presidency spokesperson, Bongani Ngqulunga confirmed this on Monday morning saying the decision was informed by the fact that, this year, SA workers would only have 11 public holidays, instead of 12, because December 25, Christmas Day, fell on a Sunday.
“According to section 2(1) of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 ‘whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday’. However, this year the Monday following the 25th of December 2016 is another public holiday, being 26 December 2016, Day of Goodwill. This has resulted in the two public holidays overlapping,” he said as he used the Public Holidays Act of 1994 to explain the reason.
“The declaration of the 27th December as a public holiday will ensure that SA workers are not unduly disadvantaged because of this unusual event and are still entitled to their 12 paid public holidays.
Meanwhile, the president has extended his condolences to the family of the South African soldier, Rifleman Moalosi Mokhothu, who died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The SANDF member was killed last week during a gunfight with rebels in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Zuma also saluted Rifleman’s courage, contribution, and above all his selflessness towards the liberation of the captives, adding that it will never be erased from his memories and that of South Africans.
The soldier died in a gunfight that erupted when members of the Mayi Mayi and Allied Democratic Forces groups attacked the SANDF position near Butembu.
He was part of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Congo. The attack also saw another South African National Defence Force soldier critically wounded while another soldier sustained minor injuries.