Loafer caught snoozing on the job

2010-05-26 00:00

GOVERNMENT departments should get rid of employees who sleep for the better part of the day instead of doing what they are paid to do.

This was the opinion of a pensioner who saw the driver of a white Ford double cab of the Health Department sleeping in the vehicle for hours yesterday.

Mpimpa, a designated hot-line where people can report bad driving on KwaZulu-Natal roads, confirmed the vehicle belongs to the Health Department.

The pensioner, who asked not to be named, said the vehicle hasd been parked under a tree in Burger Street since before 9 am.

“… I watched the driver moving over to the passenger seat, lif­ting his feet on to the dashboard and starting to read a newspaper,” said the pensioner.

The Witness went to the area at about 11 am and found the vehicle parked under the tree. The occupant was sleeping in the passenger seat. At about noon, the occupant took a stroll down the street and sat in the shade outside the Church of Nazarene.

At 1.30 pm he went back to the vehicle and drove off.

Health spokesperson Chris Maxon said he will investigate the purpose for which the vehicle was signed out.

“Unfortunately, this involves paperwork, so it will take some time to establish which unit the vehicle is attached to and what was it sent out for.”

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