Government employees paid R24.5m to sit at home and do nothing

Government employees paid R24.5m to sit at home and do nothing

- The state has paid suspended government officials R24.5 million as at June

- The FFP feels that some of these employees broke the labour laws but no steps have been taken

- The millions paid out are from different departments in South Africa

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The Freedom Front Plus has discovered that the state is paying millions to government employees who sit at home, doing nothing.

Daily Voice reports that more than 70 government employees received over R24.5 million in total in the month of June while they didn't even show up for work.

Eight government departments paid out about R8 710 252 and the Defense and Military Veterans Department paid almost R16 million to 31 suspended employees.

It is also reported that 1 official has been at home for 11 years.

Over the last two months, the FFP has been asking different ministers questions about these employees who are paid but don't work.

Dr Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FFP, feel that these expenses are a huge waste of taxpayers' money.

He added there are labour relations laws but that some government employees broke the rules and there weren't steps taken against them.

Groenewald says it is unacceptable. The R24 million could have gone to better use.

Briefly.co.za learned that the Defense and Military Veterans department has the most paid suspended employees, closely followed by the Department of Home Affairs.

Minister Malusi Gigaba of Home Affairs stated that 23 employees were on suspension in June.

According to minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula, 8 civilians and 23 soldiers are on suspension and cost the state over R17 million as of June.

One of these soldiers has received over R2 million in his 11 suspended years.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene stated that the National Treasury paid out more than R2 million 4 suspended employees - all top managers.

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