President Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December 2016 a public holiday, the presidency announced on Monday
Zuma said the declaration followed a request from the Federation of Unions of South Africa who complained that workers would only have 11 public holidays instead of 12 because Christmas Day this year falls 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, as 26 December 2016 is also a public holiday, the two overlap.
The Presidency says the move will ensure that workers still get their 12 paid public holidays.