Dept accounts for most alleged ‘ghost employees’

2014-04-11 00:00

OF over 9 000 employees that were flagged as potential ghost employees at the Department of Education, only 388 cannot be accounted for.

The department said yesterday in a statement, 388 employees whose salaries will be frozen did not turn up during the final verification process and are being further investigated.

“This does not automatically mean that the remaining 388 are ghost employees. We are going to wait and see what happens after we have frozen their salaries, because there could be various reasons why they did not turn up for verification,” said the head of department, Nkosinathi S.P. Sishi.

An employee head count by the department, which started in 2009, had flagged over 9 190 employees whot had been costing the department R50 million in monthly wages.

Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the department had been able to account for most of those employees. He said:

• 6 172 employees were employees, early child development practitioners, Abet teachers, admin assistants and interns who do not occupy posts in the department but are paid through persal and therefore would appear on the payroll. “These types of employees were not supposed to be part of the audit as they are not always available,” he said

• 407 employees were already terminated, deceased, retired or had resigned.

• 250 employees whose salaries were frozen either because their pension benefits were not finalised or they had pending misconduct cases who could still appear on the system for various reasons.

• 2 361 employees could not be verified because they were on official duty or on leave; of these 258 employees had exited the system by the completion of the head count.

The final verification was conducted from March 19 to March 24.

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