Security overtime shock

2009-03-30 00:00

A security guard in the Msunduzi Municipality is earning R20 000 a month in overtime alone.

The IFP late yesterday released details of a salary slip it has in its possession that shows that the monthly net salary of the security officer, whose name it is withholding, is R24 358,54.

According to the payslip, he earned a salary of R11 564,77 and overtime of R20 396,50.

The IFP spokesman on Local Government, Peter Smith, has demanded an urgent investigation into what he says appears to be misappropriation of municipal funds.

“We want to know how many lucky security officers are on the receiving end of this generosity from the Msunduzi Municipality and what exactly is their job description to warrant such exorbitant remuneration packages.”

Municipal staff say that overtime payment is a burning issue and there is often speculation about how some staffers enjoy generous overtime payments. Recently a copy of a payslip was doing the rounds showing how much a particular employee was earning. They wonder if this is the same payslip that the IFP now has in its possession.

Msunduzi Executive Committee (Exco) recently expressed outrage that the municipality blew its entire overtime budget of R33 million in just seven months.

An e-mail and text message were sent to municipal manger Rob Haswell about the IFP’s press statement, but no response was received by the time of going to press.

The same text message was sent to the mayor, Zanele Hlatshwayo, who said the matter is an administrative one and that politicians don’t get involved in paying overtime.

She said Exco often expresses its horror at the lack of control in overtime payments. “It seems to be unregulated and it is all over the palce in waste, in traffic, in security.”

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