Past and present deputy directors of public prosecutions (DDPPs) will finally receive their increases and benefits after a decade-long battle.
Handing down judgment in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, Judge Corrie van der Westhuizen ordered the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to comply with its contractual obligations relating to salary structures for DDPPs and chief prosecutors (CP).
Through the Public Servants Association (PSA), DDPPs and CPs went to court, arguing that unions and the government agreed in 2007 that they would be entitled to the benefits of an improved salary dispensation, which was gazetted in 2010, for legal professionals working in the justice sector.
However, DDPPs and CPs were left out in the cold because they were seen as part of senior management.
It led to a situation in which junior and senior prosecutors earned the same as or more than DDPPs and CPs.
However, in his judgment on Thursday, Van der Westhuizen found that all DDPPs were, in fact, "prosecutors who would have been appointed as such in terms of the provisions of Section 16 of the Act (National Prosecuting Authority Act)".
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