It has been exposed that 69 suspended employees of national and provincial departments were paid many millions while they were waiting for disciplinary action.
As exposed by a reply to a DA parliamentary question, R136 million was spent in one year on 69 suspended employees.
Precisely, the employees were placed on suspension for over six months at the cost of R136.5 million since 1st April 2016.
From our gatherings, the R136.5 million total cost on the precautionary suspensions is made up of R24 million in national departments and R112.5 million in provincial departments.
Also, out of the 69 suspended employees, 45 are from national departments and 24 from provincial departments. More-so, the reply shockingly revealed that 4 of the provincial employees have been suspended for more than a year and 5 for more than two years.
Reacting to these revelations, the Democratic Alliance (DA) disclosed that it will be submitting further parliamentary questions.
The essence of the questions according to the party, is to precisely, find out why it has taken so long to conclude disciplinary action.
“It is astounding that so much money has been paid in salaries because the respective departments have failed to efficiently conclude disciplinary action.
“This money should be spent on skills development or internship programmes within these departments for the millions of young people who are currently without work and who have been abandoned by the ANC government,” DA stated.
Yesterday, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that SAA (South African Airways) spent R21 million on investigating identified cases of corruption in the state entity but, is yet to hold anyone responsible for the crimes.
That, was also revealed by a reply to a DA parliamentary question. The reply exposed that SAA spent R21 million on 16 investigations but is yet to take any action against the individuals the investigations roped.
The investigations focused on allegations of fraud and corruption within the South African Airways. All of the investigations happened during the tenure of Ms Dudu Myeni as Chair of the SAA board.
Reacting to the revelation, DA indicated that Myeni retained her position as the Chair of the SAA board when a new board was appointed in September 2016.
Afterwards, the party asserted that they’ve always expressed that the reappointment of Ms Myeni as Chair of the SAA board was irrational. And, that they’ve now been vindicated.
“Ms Myeni presided over all these immensely expensive investigations but there is no information that any person employed by or associated with SAA has, as a result of the investigations, been criminally charged or even disciplined within SAA and fired,” DA lamented.