DG gets R1.5m – for doing nothing
Gcina Ntsabula, Thanduxolo Jika and Julian Rademeyer
Johannesburg – One of South Africa’s
top-paid government officials is earning a salary of R1.5m while he is sitting
at home, doing nothing.
Another official’s salary has been
described as a “state secret” because should it become public knowledge, it
could undermine national security!
The director generals of South Africa’s
state departments earn astronomical salaries but they are not keen on sharing
this info with taxpayers.
Rapport gained information about the
DGs’ salaries in accordance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act
The man, who is getting his
remuneration package of R1.5m a year while sitting at home, is Siviwe Dongwana,
the director general of the department of public works.
He has not been working since
December 2010 because he is being investigated for alleged misconduct and
dereliction of duty.
He was suspended only seven months
after his appointment.
The man whose salary has to be kept
secret, apparently in the interests of national security is Mzuvukile Maqetuka, the
director general of state security.