Suspensions cost city

2010-11-29 00:00

WHILE the city is making gains in rectifying the dismal financial crisis that almost led to its collapse, large sums of ratepayers’ money are being channelled to the pockets of municipal employees who have been suspended on full pay.

This is evident in salary scales in the possession of The Witness.

For instance, human resources head Kevin Perumal and community services head Zwe Hulane were placed on enforced special leave in April before being suspended in May.

With annual salaries of about R977 000 each, their monthly take- home pay amounts to R81 416, 67.

Chief financial officer Roy Bridgmohan, suspended in April, is similarly remunerated.

This means they have each pocketed R569 916,67 in the seven months they have been suspended.

Public safety manager Kenny Chetty’s salary is R464 832,72 a year. Put on special leave in April and officially suspended in May, Chetty has been paid R271 152,42 while sitting at home for the last seven months.

Priscilla Harris, one of the human resources managers, was allegedly suspended in May.

She has been paid between R219 440,55 and R242 317,11 in the time she has not been at work.

Lulama Mbatha, another human resources manager, was suspended in June and has been paid R205 128,08 to date.

Hazel Xolo, an office co-ordinator in the speaker’s office, was suspended earlier this month and pocketed between R19 677,84 and R21 837,87.

The personal assistant to the mayor, Jennifer Anderson, was suspended in July and has received between R78 711,36 and R87 352,38 over the past four months while away from work.

The earnings of procurement head Francis Grantham are not listed. However, it is alleged that he earns R499 509,12 a year.

Having been placed on special leave in April and then suspended in May, he has been paid roughly R291 380 over the last seven months.

The Witness was unable to determine how much Nondumiso Hlela, who manages the speaker’s office, has been paid since her suspension earlier this month.

The Witness understands that three other municipal staffers have been suspended on full pay, but the circumstances are not known.

Despite repeated requests, the Msunduzi Municipality failed to respond to the newspaper’s questions by the time of going to print.


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