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South Africa Mulls December 27 Public Holiday

Source: South African Press Association (Pretoria)
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016


The spokesperson for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Sizwe Pamla, has asked South African President, Jacob Zuma, to once again declare a one-off additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, to compensate the fact that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday in 2016.

The aforementioned request for South African President, Jacob Zuma, to declare a one-off additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, argues that, 5 years ago, under similar circumstances, then acting President, Kgalema Motlanthe, had acceded to the same request (2011-12-13), and declared a one-off additional non-working public holiday throughout the Republic for Tuesday, December 27, 2011, based based on section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, and the fact that the South African Public Holiday Act 1994 (amended 1995) makes no provision for the fact that the day in lieu public holiday for Christmas Day falling on a Sunday will occur on the same date as the December 26, annual, Day of Goodwill, public holiday (2011-12-14).

It is unclear if the aforementioned request will come to something, as past precedents offer contradictory clues.

In 2005, under similar circumstances (2005-10-14), South Africa's Home Affairs Ministry finally issued a statement specifying that December 27, 2005, would not be a public holiday, to quash similar speculation that an additional day in lieu public holiday would be declared to compensate the fact that Christmas Day 2005 was a Sunday, and that the next Monday, December 26, was already an official public holiday in South Africa.


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