The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed the pending nationwide strike planned for today, June 19, has been called off, News24 claims. 

This follows the DHA’s withdrawal of measures to force its staff to work on Saturdays without paying them overtime but offering them a specified timetable of time off in lieu instead.

It has taken months of negotiation to resolve issues ongoing issues within the department, relating to front offices weekend working hours implemented in 2015 and the restructuring of time off.

Many feared the intended strike would interrupt mandatory home affairs services ahead of one of our busiest periods in the year - the school winter holidays starting at the end of June.