Zuma declares 27 December 2016 a public holiday

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President Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December a public holiday following a request by Fedusa. Pic: SABC
President Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December a public holiday following a request by Fedusa. Pic: SABC

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.

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