Suspended officials paid almost R100m

2011-09-22 22:30

Cape Town - Government departments and entities have paid at least R93.6m to senior officials suspended with pay from April 2009 to the present, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

"The actual figure is certainly much higher, but is difficult to ascertain precisely because many departments have not answered the DA's parliamentary questions on this," spokesperson Ena van Schalkwyk said.

In the 2009/10 financial year, 192 officials on salary scale 11 or above were placed on suspended leave with full pay, she said in a statement.

Another 173 had been suspended with full pay since that time, totalling 365 officials.

This amounted to an average of R257 000 paid to each official while on suspension.

"Nearly R100m has been paid to senior managers who have received full salaries despite not working," Van Schalkwyk said.

Innocent until proven guilty

Most of these officials received their salaries while awaiting the outcome of their disciplinary hearings. It was not clear how many of them were fired after the investigations were concluded and how many were retained. The DA would ask follow-up questions to find out.

Top of the list was the SA Social Security Agency paying R8 399 462, followed by the correctional services department on R6 751 607, and the rural development and land reform department on R5 800 979.

"Of course it is right that officials should not be punished financially just because they have been accused of wrongdoing. People must be considered innocent until proven guilty.

"However, we cannot have a situation where suspended officials wait for months on end with full pay before the disciplinary measures against them are finalised."

South Africa could not afford to keep errant public servants on the payroll while government departments dragged their feet. The quicker these matters were dealt with, the more money there would be for service delivery, Van Schalkwyk said.

  • Smart Man - 2011-09-22 15:12

    Ohh i almost forget that Cape Town is run by DA. Now tell me if it's ANC or DA who is corrupt, i said this before ANC is innocent

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-22 23:18

      JISSUS... the GRAVY PLANE is taking STRAIN peeps....

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-22 23:19

      Whats a R100 MILLION between USELESS CADRES????????????????

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-09-22 23:32

      suspended with pay. W... T... F...

      Harvey - 2011-09-22 23:42

      @Smartman. The article was written in Cape Town but it’s referring to the government of RSA. Watch Tropic Thunder, it clearly states that one should never go full retard.

      Craig Louw - 2011-09-23 01:02

      Smart man isn't very smart, he's sitting with hid head up hid arse. DA broke the story, you think they'd do that if it referred to them?

      Bill - 2011-09-23 04:45

      wow, intellectual ability abounds!!!

      Kevin - 2011-09-23 06:29

      What an ars#?

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-23 06:47

      A Lot of RDP houses ......

      Mixyez - 2011-09-23 07:23

      With a comment like this you are an oxymoron

      EqualStand.Org - 2011-09-23 07:25

      @Smart Man: I think you need to change your nick. @ the tax-payer: These are "smart" criminals that can't do their work but take home HUGE salaries at the expense of us (you and I). They get their jobs based on WHO they know (a lot of them claim to be former "political prisoners" to fit into the brotherhood), and their methodology is this: They KNOW they cannot do the job, so they milk the benefits (tenders, bribes etc) until they get caught, knowing full well they will be able to bank the suspension pay. They then get dismissed from their posts, but have by then already arranged to take up a similar post in another area, often replacing another "disgraced" cadre. If you watch the regional govt, municipalities etc, you will see the same thing happening.

      Mixyez - 2011-09-23 07:29

      Oh I almost forgot, these are the same idiots who are now being paid close to R2mil a year for not doing the job that they were employed to do. So above all this we still have to pay for another idiot to do the stand in job to screw things up even further.

      Linda - 2011-09-23 07:52

      If your IQ ever reaches double digits you will realise how stupid you are. Parliament is in Cape Town - and this article was written in response to the DA questioning parliament about... whats the use - you are too stupid to understand - and even if you did understand - you would still justify the ANC actions because you clearly dont allow the facts to interfere with your opinion.

      Al - 2011-09-23 07:57

      @SmartMan: Your putting us on right? No one can be this dumb...

      Gargmel - 2011-09-23 08:28

      ANC have not been innocent EVER! LIARS and THIEVES is all they are. The fathers of apartheid must be having a lekker laugh at these cronies proving them right over an over and over...

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-10-24 21:41

      @Smartman, you are a retard. Where on earth did you get to make such a comment from reading the article..

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-05 19:44

      Un-smart man. Parliament is in Cape Town. That is where the questions were asked BY the DA....Not OF the DA. It is your government who thinks we have trees that grow money. Read the article again....

  • Barry - 2011-09-22 15:14

    EISSSHHHH EISSSHHHHH EISSSHHHHH Yow Yow Yow Eish gravvvvvyyyyy ne Joer is lekker by die seeeeee. ....and we poor taxpayers have to foot the bill. Watch this space .....all of them will walk off scott free. Eish

      PB - 2011-09-23 07:52

      If they were 'suspended WITHOUT pay' I am sure the lengthy enquiry process would be finalised way faster than what is happening at the moment. There would be much more co-operation by the fat, flashy, incompetent, criminal, thieving, corrupt, useless imbeciles that are appointed in positions of power that they are not even remotely able to fulfill. Guess ACCOUNTABILITY is not in the pedi language... so we can forget about recouping any wasted millions from the cadres who are found guilty.

      allie - 2011-09-23 08:14

      The only weapon we have that can starve and kill this ANC monster is our taxmoney.Why don`t we use it.Honestly,i have more respect for the lybian rebels than us saffas.

      York Hunt - 2011-09-23 11:56

      ROTFL! The headlines in South Africa read like "MAD" magazine!!!

  • Scorpion - 2011-09-22 23:19

    The rot of the ANC people. Die land is vrot.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-22 23:31

    Not another gravy boat. Its more than crimminal, its insane. And us tax payers are paying, paying and paying.

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-23 01:00

    Why don't they put in a clause that if found guilty they must pay the money back?

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-09-23 02:41

      Because that would be too progressive for our politicians i'm afraid.

      radarblip - 2011-09-23 06:19

      @ K1dbl4ck: true because that would mean that there would be some sort of accountability... "no no no comrade we dont want that one...."

      PB - 2011-09-23 07:54

      Because they are given such a long time to hide their stolen loot while they are 'suspended with full pay' that there is nothing left to show, let alone paying back. For example, what are the chances of McBride paying the R10 mil plus that we had to fork out to try and save his sorry ass?

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-23 01:05

    @ smart man, get an education! Seems you can't read but that's not stopping you from spewing rubbish.

  • georgelj - 2011-09-23 02:43

    Get this money back from these individuals if they are proven guilty. The money should go to assisting the poverty-stricken.

  • Liberty - 2011-09-23 03:53

    I gree with the DA. A discipliniary hearing aren't a court case that takes months to complete, it takes one session or maybe only a couple of days to finalise if it's a really complex case. This a complete and utter waste of the taxpayer's money

  • Roy Stone - 2011-09-23 04:48

    @Smart Man - don't be like a naai!

  • Verdade - 2011-09-23 05:31

    Just goes to show, crime does pay! Being a corrupt officials has more than one perk, guilty untill proven innocent! This very people are suppose to lead by example, take care of the poor and protect the values. Well what else can you expect when you have uneducated and ANC protected cadres in positions of power.

      leonard - 2011-09-23 06:26

      Mantashe who I believe is actually running the country, has been very,very quiet through all of the time that all these and other stories of corruption have been escalating.Would love to hear the views of the PUPPET MASTER since the PUPPET does not have the intellectual capacity to fully comprehend the seriousness of what is happening.

      allie - 2011-09-23 08:24

      ANC MODUS OPERANDI: CAUGHT OUT: investigated by appointed commision----1 year--full pay SUSPENDED: INVESTGATION BY ANOTHER COMMITEE--------1 YEAR--FULL PAY FOUND GUILTY: JAILTIME mostly suspended APPEAL: Supreme court -----4 yars------full pay. Jailtime: Get sick,go home ----lumpsum payout

  • Kevin - 2011-09-23 06:28

    Suspension should be a maximum of 60 days. After that the boss who appointed an investigating officer and the investigating officer should be disciplined. If government THUGS are found guilty all suspended money should be deducted from leave pay and there pension funds. The taxpayer must never lose out. Corruption can be stopped.All we need is a new government of DA people

  • Hetrohero - 2011-09-23 06:29


  • braamc - 2011-09-23 06:43

    We pay for the trash awaiting a disciplinary, we pay for the budgets to investigate the trash, we pay for there salaries while being employed, we pay for the fraud and corruption. Filthy thieving trash. (got better words, unfortunately not allowed)

  • noitall - 2011-09-23 06:43

    I just got to work out how to get suspended with pay!

  • Andries - 2011-09-23 07:06

    Just to think that Tutu and Boesack still want Whites to pay higher taxes instead of addressing this flagrant exploitation of Tax money!If this is not corruption to the core of any government, what is? What it boils down to is that corrupt officials are still being rewarded, pending the investigation into the situation!

  • grobler.deon - 2011-09-23 07:15

    Two things. This really isn't news. Secondly this is almost the last of this farce that we will be reading once the bill has been signed off. We ain't seen nothing yet!

  • 50something - 2011-09-23 07:19

    WTF - This has become a national pass time now, at the taxpayer's expense. It just reiterates the gross incompetence within the cadre deployment programme. Enough is enough!! Suspend them without pay - then they will feel the pain of their wrongdoing - not a state paid holiday!!! WTF is wrong with the ANC?? (Retorical question - please do not answer as it will glog up the system)

  • wv - 2011-09-23 07:26

    This is ANC culture which will bring this country to it's knees very soon.

  • Godesha - 2011-09-23 08:18

    Suspended with pay is just another word for a nice extended holiday. Just think how many hungry mouths could have been fed or how many hospitals could have been upgraded with that money. What about fixing roads, schools, housing, services, policing? Then on the other hand, this does not surprise me at all, what else can you expect from our government?

  • 2shy2call - 2011-09-23 08:19

    No its fine, there are many ways to kill a cat. What is the different betwen them and Moyo? Moyo uses bombs they dont. What are similarities? They all collect cash which does not belong to them. W.T.

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-09-23 08:30

    The government must reduce their salaries if there is already concrete evidence against them if found not guilty then the full pay can be paid!! Some who is chairing the committees and the members and union reps are the ones who delays the proceedings!! Why suspend someone if you dont have all the facts/evidence and history before you !!???

  • SabaticalG - 2011-09-23 08:33

    I wish i could sit on my fat ass for 2 years and get paid allot of money for it.... thats about R25k a month ... damn im the wrong colour... if you think about it the rolls have been completly reversed the whites are actually the black peoples slaves now? we work for them we pay them with our taxes ... thats what the middle working class is in south africa a bunch of stupid slaves.. F&%^ck ive got to get out of this country!!

  • Badballie - 2011-09-23 10:14

    just another way of giving to the cadre at the expense of the taxpayer, The innocent until proven guilty rhetoric used by the ANC is nothing more than a double standard used to bypass accepted norm and is not in sinc with the way the average citizen would be treated under the same circumstances. The ANC tries to use criminal law as an excuse for not complying with the internal labour law. There is no need to wait for a criminal law outcome which is based on the "beyond a reasonable doubt" outcome, when the labour law already provides an "on balance of probability" finding. Government personnel irrespective of their "standing must be immediately dismissed on the balance of probability and reinstated with back pay if eventually found not guilty. The ANC needs to take head of its openly double standards or face the consequences of its actions and decisions. YOU are not above the law, and we will not respect laws you yourself do not respect, the notion of "do as I say and not as I do" is better left in the kinder-garden where it belongs.

  • letsee - 2011-09-23 16:19

    The ANC is a charity organization for the people they appoint.

  • Frans Smith - 2011-09-23 16:38

    That money wasted does not include the money spend/earned on/by their tjommies on the "dragged out" investigations. double that figure to get an idea of tax payers money wasted.

      Charisse - 2011-09-26 17:48

      you are totally right. if only this precious resource "money" was spent correctly. Imagine a world where money is used for good. Visit to join the voices of South Africans as we demand people view money in a different light.

  • Mart - 2011-09-23 16:47

    Like paying girls to have babies, these mofo's get paid not to work. Easy Street has never had it so good. Suspension should include a suspension of income....we need to come up with an 'acid test' and motivation to determine whether an 'accused' should qualify for full benefits while suspended, and not the other way around.

  • Charisse - 2011-09-26 17:35

    what?! that is totally ridiculous. This is exactly why this country is in trouble. Join the conversation about money and how it has been used incorrectly on

  • Carl Muller - 2011-10-11 13:28

    Then find them guilty and fire them. You first steal and then sit at home getting paid to do so.

  • Kas - 2011-10-24 20:08

    I suppose it is unavoidable in terms of the LRA to suspend officials with full benefits, but then no stone must be left unturned to expedite whatever disciplinary action to take place, and if found guilty, such officials should be held accountable. Officials and politicians found guilty of misconduct and or corruption shoulf forfeit all benefits such as pension etc.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-05 19:41

    Please tell me that this is just very bad joke....

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