EFF whip to #paybackthemoney

2015-02-15 15:00

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The jailed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chief whip in North West, Papiki Babuile, will be asked to pay back his last two salary payments.

Babuile was sentenced to 12 years in jail in November for his role in the murder of ANC regional secretary David Chika.

Despite his conviction and being denied leave to appeal, Babuile remained the party’s chief whip and continued receiving his salary in jail.

Yesterday, Teboho Chaane, spokesperson for the speaker of the provincial legislature, confirmed a decision to reclaim the money from Babuile – and to take it from his pension fund if necessary.

“The decision has been made that any amount of money that has been paid to him as a result of lack of information coming from [the EFF] obviously has to be retrieved or recouped from his pension fund,” Chaane said.

As chief whip of the official opposition in North West, Babuile earned R1?049?314 a year, or just less than R87?500 a month. Because he was sentenced in November, he is liable for his December and January salaries, which translates into roughly R175?000.

In a letter to the EFF on February 3, Speaker Susan Dantjie complains that Babuile would not have received the salaries if the EFF had not repeatedly failed to provide her with information about his conviction. She said that this had the irregular effect of paying Babuile’s remuneration from November 26.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was not available for comment yesterday, saying he was at a funeral.

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