- Over the course of the last financial year, the government has spent R2.6 billion on bonuses for public servants
- The Democratic Alliance has dubbed those who received the hefty sums 'millionaire managers'
- The opposition party has slammed the ANC for allowing taxpayers to fund the luxury lifestyles of its employees
The Democratic Alliance has come out in strong opposition to the R2.6 billion used to pay bonuses for national and provincial government employees.
The political party noted that R628 million had been dished out by the national government, while R1.97 billion was spent on a provincial level.
'Millionaire managers' earned these bonuses in conjunction with their massive salaries averaging R1.4 million a year.
In a statement released in response to the exorbitant sums paid out to South African politicians, the party commented:
"In a clear demonstration that the government rewards incompetence and corruption, officials working in dozens of government departments that received adverse audit outcomes still got hundreds of millions of Rands in bonuses. The collapsed ANC-led provincial governments of Gauteng (R848 million), Limpopo (R396 million), and Mpumalanga (R244 million) paid the highest bonuses to cadres despite consistently poor audit outcomes."
The DA noted that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had announced cuts to the budget set aside for cancer treatments and the eradication of pit latrines, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The party is convinced that freezing salaries and reducing the number of high earning officials will free up desperately needed funds:
"The DA also reiterates our call that the government must immediately freeze wages for all managers and administrators for three years, and reduce the number of millionaire managers by a third. This would immediately save R168 billion, freeing up money to prevent fiscal collapse and protect basic services from the limitless greed of ANC cadres."
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