About R17m of taxpayers’ money has so far been spent on the salaries of more than 200 suspended civil servants currently sitting at their homes after being suspended from their posts for serious alleged crimes – including sexual offenses.
The DA announced this on Monday after Senzo Mchunu, the Minister of Public Service and Administration, provided shocking information in a parliamentary response.
This was in response to an earlier parliamentary question by Michele Clarke, DA MP and deputy spokesman on public service and administration, who wanted to know from him how many public servants have been suspended with full salary for more than 60 days nationally and in provinces.
On Monday, Clarke said, among other things, the continued payment of salaries to the approximately 50 suspended officials in national departments and entities, as well as about 230 in provincial departments due to lengthy disciplinary procedures, is unacceptable and unsustainable, especially because of the country’s poor economy and the state’s already excessive high salary bill.
According to information provided by Mchunu in his parliamentary responses, the suspended officials include departmental directors, CFOs, senior managers, TVET college heads, lecturers, principals, teachers, prosecutors, inspectors, police officers, cleaners, IT workers, security officers and administrative officials. in.
Some of the crimes that officials are accused of include theft, fraud, sexual offenses, threats and intimidation.
One official even took a firearm to the office and endangered the lives of other colleagues.
In the Gauteng Department of Education, nine teachers have been suspended for between 100 and 400 days for offenses ranging from assault, sexual offenses against pupils and intimate relationships with pupils. During the time the group of teachers are sitting at home, they collectively earned more than R2,6 million.