Several government staff members being paid without any roles assigned

Several government staff members being paid without any roles assigned

- Several employees appointed by former Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu allegedly draw full salaries despite not having assigned roles

- Additionally, some of these individuals improperly received permanent posts

- Many of these appointments are said to have violated ministerial rules

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Former Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu reportedly paid several staff members full salaries despite them not having specific job descriptions.

These employees included Shabangu's chief-of-staff, among others.

The officials were given permanent posts, despite the Ministerial Handbook stipulating that their positions should be tied to five-year terms.

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The list of employees includes Shabangu's secretary, registry clerk and administrative secretary, has gathered. This violated rules, as some of these officials had permanent posts in the department even though they had served as political staff for Shabangu.

The Sowetan reports that many of these individuals were given other jobs within the organisation once their roles became redundant. 

A spokesperson for the Department of Social Development has said that at least four of Shabangu's political appointees remain in the department, despite a new minister taking office. 

The spokesperson added that two other individuals would also be retained by the department, although the department had not yet found appropriate positions for them.

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Shabangu, who served as mineral resources minister during the Marikana massacre, resigned as an MP in June 2019 after she did not make the cut for Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet.

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