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Taxpayers: More than R85-million Spent on Salaries of Suspended Officials

Date 18/09 /2020

Money that has been spent on suspended state officials is nearing to a billion now. Minister of Public Service Senzo Mchunu revealed details of money spent on suspended officials salaries on Thursday 17 September 2020 in a Parliamentary reply.

He revealed that there were 271 employees suspended with full pay at provincial departments. In the 271 cases, only 41 had been finalised while 230 were still pending. There are also two provinces that did not submit their costs and cases, namely Gauteng and Mpumalanga and other government departments that did not make their submission.

Additionally a couple of departments failed to submit their statistics for the requested details by the Department of Public Services. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the department of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities and Statistics South Africa (SA).

The departments and Provinces that failed to make their submissions made the R85-million amount to be just a minimum of the actual amount. That is why the Times Live report said it is more than R85-million that is spent on pending cases and suspended officials who are at home.

The issue has always been the current law that needs to change. It allows government officials to earn whilst they are under suspension, they stay at home doing nothing but just waiting for their cases to be finalized.

This includes investigations and pending court cases. To name a few recent ones, former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and former Public Service Commission Director-General Dr. Dovhani Mamphiswana who was suspended by Cyril Ramaphosa in August 2020, following allegations of fraud and corruption.

There are many state officials who benefit from this law. Whilst ordinary working class in many private sector companies are not provided with such lucrative benefits. The government simply takes from its tax-payer coffers.

This comes out of the way the government is structured. It allows the ruling party to take decisions without consulting with the public nor evaluating their decisions through polls. Taxpayers should be consulted in how their money is spent.

However in South Africa, a non-inclusive approach is used by allowing government officials such as Parliament and the ruling party to decide and choose rules for themselves. These rules affect the taxpayers and ordinary citizens.

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