Taxpayers still covering 35 suspended municipal officials salaries

Taxpayers still covering 35 suspended municipal officials salaries

- Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has answered a parliamentary question on suspended officials

- She revealed that 35 officials have been suspended and 25 of them are still receiving full pay

- Of the 35 officials, 21 of them were municipal managers, all the officials who were suspended were for alleged misconduct

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has responded to a written parliamentary question from DA MP Samantha Graham over suspended municipal officials.

Dlamini-Zuma revealed that 35 municipal officials were suspended for a wide range of issues of misconduct.

Briefly.co.za reported that 21 suspended municipal managers are still receiving full salaries and benefits.

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Taxpayers still covering 35 suspended municipal officials salaries

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has revealed that 35 municipal officials have been suspended, 21 of them on full pay. Photo credit: @Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
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Here is a breakdown of where the municipal officials were suspended according to News24:

Eastern Cape

5 municipal managers have been suspended.

Free State

4 municipal managers have been suspended but only 1 is still being paid.

Gauteng

2 municipal managers have been suspended and are receiving full pay.

Limpopo

3 municipal managers have been suspended and 1 senior manager, all are receiving full pay.

KwaZulu-Natal

4 municipal managers and 2 senior officials have been suspended.

Mpumalanga

3 senior officials have been suspended and are receiving full pay.

Northern Cape

2 senior officials have been suspended and are receiving full pay.

Western Cape

1 municipal manager and 2 senior officials have been suspended and are on full pay.

North West

4 municipal officials have been suspended.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has promised that the government will re-evaluate the alcohol ban on a regular basis. The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister says that the state wants to limit the impact on the economy and jobs during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The minister filed the government's reasons for the return of the ban in response to legal action taken by wine farmers. News24 reports that Dlamini-Zuma had denied any intention of prolonging the ban in court papers.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has accused the government of using the judicial system to secure 'unprecedented power' amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is according to FITA chairperson Sinenhlanhla Mnguni, who evidently suspects foul play is afoot. The High Court recently snubbed their appeal attempt against the government's ban and Mnguni isn't impressed:

“The High Court in Pretoria’s ruling dismissing FITA’s challenge to the cigarette ban arguably gives the government unprecedented levels of power to impose COovid-19 regulations, with almost no prospect of any legal challenge to questionable regulations succeeding.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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