- Salaries for suspended government officials just sitting at home are around R17 million
- Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu confirmed that 280 government employees are being paid while they sit at home
- The DA has lambasted this, calling it a waste of money
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South African tax payers are forking out R17 million on the salaries of suspended officials sitting idle at home.
Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu confirmed this in reply to a parliamentary question from DA MP Michele Clarke who asked for details of public servants who have been on suspension for more than 60 days with full pay.
Mchunu confirmed that South African taxpayers have been paying salaries for over 280 employees on lengthy suspensions. The employees are from 230 provincial departments and 50 in national departments., said News24.
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In a statement, Clarke said the reasons for their suspension ranged from allegations of corruption, bribery, endangering the lives of colleagues and kidnapping to gender-based violence.
Notable examples of the suspended officials include an educator in the Northern Cape education department, suspended on an allegation of sexually harassing a learner, has cost the department R303 374 as his suspension drags on for more than 420 days, said BusinessTech.
In the Eastern Cape education department, a principal has been on suspension for a year and eight months already. His suspension follows allegations of sexual harassment towards a learner, and his continued suspension has cost the department R880 887.
The Director in of the office of the Premier in KwaZulu-Natal has now been suspended with pay for 11 months and 23 days while being investigated for theft – the suspension has cost taxpayers just over R1 million.
"The DA will not stand for this blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and calls on the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) to put in place measures to ensure that suspensions do not exceed the prescribed time frames of 60 days for completion."
Clarke added that the country cannot afford to waste money paying for civil servants sitting at home.
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