Govt mistakenly pays R77m to ex-employees

2013-02-19 10:14


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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal government has mistakenly paid about R77m to employees who resigned during the past financial year, the Mercury reported on Tuesday.

Government has recouped R18.6m from the employees who resigned between April 2011 and April 2012.

The departments most guilty of mistakenly paying its former employees were education and health, which paid R61m and R13m.

Premier Zweli Mkhize revealed this in a parliamentary reply to the Democratic Alliance's George Mari.

Mkhize's spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said on Monday recouping the money was a constant "work in progress" and it was steadily being recovered.

Those employees who had been paid would not be prosecuted because they had been at the receiving end of an administrative error.

Even those who knew they had been wrongly paid and did not report it, would not face the law, he said.

Sibiya said with the high number of people who left their position because of retirement, resignation, end of contract or even death, the system did not always update speedily.

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