Zondo Commission Staff Not Paid Since October, Reports Reveal

Zondo Commission Staff Not Paid Since October, Reports Reveal

- Lawyers and investigators who work for the Zondo Commission have apparently not received their pay since October

- Reports have revealed that the government confirmed the payment is ending but has been delayed by Treasury

- This follows Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announcement that the money would no longer be allocated to the Commission

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Investigators and lawyers who work with the sta,te's Zondo Commission haven’t been paid for five months, according to reports. This follows Finance Minister Tito Mboweni stating that National Treasury would not be allocating any more money to the Commission.

Reports say that the secretary of the Commission Itumeleng Mosala, blamed the issue on delayed disbursements from Treasury and added that there were arrangements in place to release the money.

The Zondo investigators and lawyers have not received their pay since October 2020.

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Zondo Commission teams not paid for 5 months, reports reveal
Investigators and lawyers from the Zondo Commission have reportedly not received their pay since October. Image: PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP
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Mosala told Business Day that the funding the commission expected from the government was slow in coming, although it was confirmed. TimesLIVE reported that the deadline for the Zondo Commission had been extended by the Gauteng High Court by three months.

EWN reported that some of the members of the Zondo Commission teams have taken outside work while Justice Minister Ronald Lamola confirmed in Parliament that an extra R63 million had been approved for the Commission.

In other news about the Zondo Commission, Briefly.co.za recently reported that former Eskom boss Brian Molefe has made some strong accusations against President Cyril Ramaphosa. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said he would not ignore the allegations levelled against President Cyril Ramaphosa by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.

Reports say that evidence leader advocate Pule Seleka omitted the accusations against Ramaphosa during his recap of Molefe's testimony in January when he appeared before the Zondo Commission for the first time.

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The former Eskom CEO made claims that Glencore had been trying to extort R8 billion from the power utility and made Ramaphosa a shareholder at Optimum Mine (the company that supplies Eskom's coal).

In other court-related news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane could be impeached. DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone revealed the news in a statement where she supported the findings by the independent review panel.

The findings suggest that there is a prima facie case (a case accepted as correct until proven otherwise) for parliament to institute the removal proceedings against Mkhwebane in terms of misconduct.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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