Shocking: Cop's 1142 days' leave

2009-11-27 00:00

THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal expressed its shock over a KZN police inspector, who is still on the SAPS payroll despite being booked off sick an astonishing 1 142 days during the past five years.

According to DA member of the legislature Radley Keys, a parliamentary reply to questions submitted to Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu has shown that SAPS Inspector D.P. Murugen has only worked approximately 23 months out of a total of 60.

Keys slammed the SAPS and said: “Despite the exorbitant amount of sick leave that the inspector has taken, he remains in the department’s employment. Surely there is a limit to how much leave one person can take? The same parliamentary reply also shows that Inspector Murugen only applied for retirement due to ill-health on August 3 this year. It is unacceptable that a blind eye has been turned to this situation for so long.”

According to Keys, the inspector’s application for retirement is still pending a decision by SAPS headquarters. “The department has advised that Inspector Murugen will occupy his post until a decision has been reached. The DA calls on the MEC to resolve this issue as soon as possible …” — WR.

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