Full pay for 79 civil servants suspended

2011-12-07 00:00

PREMIER Zweli Mkhize said yesterday there are 79 government employees in various departments who are on suspension with full pay.

Responding to a parliamentary question by the Inkatha Freedom Party about disciplinary action taken against civil servants in the province, Mkhize told the KZN Legislature that most of the suspended employees on full pay are in the health department.

The 79 civil servants are in the departments of Education (18), Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs(one), Health (51), Human Settlement (one), Social Development (five), Sport and Recreation (one) and Transport (two).

Mkhize also revealed that 19 civil servants who had been on suspension on full pay were fired from the provincial government and were paid R1 404 381,34.

Another 27 civil servants formerly suspended and subsequently retained were paid a total of R2 825 728,38.

Mkhize said his government is committed to rooting out fraud, corruption and maladministration in the civil service. A recent integrity management conference, held in Durban, helped to refocus his government’s efforts to stamp out corrupt behavior.

He said government has strengthened its relationship with stakeholders in the forensic and auditing sectors.

IFP shadow MEC for finance Roman Liptak said, “Officials suspended on full pay for extended periods of time are an indictment on inefficient disciplinary procedures within the provincial government, which not only ends up paying these individuals salaries for no work but has to pay others to do the work.”

The concentration of suspended officials in Health and Education qualifie these departments for an urgent review of the way they conduct disciplinary hearings and how they train investigating and presiding officers for these hearings.


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