DG gets R1.5m – for doing nothing

2011-03-20 12:18

Johannesburg – One of South Africa’s top-paid government officials is earning a salary of R1.5m while he is sitting at home, doing nothing.

Another official’s salary has been described as a “state secret” because should it become public knowledge, it could undermine national security!

The director generals of South Africa’s state departments earn astronomical salaries but they are not keen on sharing this info with taxpayers.

Rapport gained information about the DGs’ salaries in accordance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

The man, who is getting his remuneration package of R1.5m a year while sitting at home, is Siviwe Dongwana, the director general of the department of public works.

He has not been working since December 2010 because he is being investigated for alleged misconduct and dereliction of duty.

He was suspended only seven months after his appointment.

The man whose salary has to be kept secret, apparently in the interests of national security is Mzuvukile Maqetuka, the director general of state security.




  • Tunkisi - 2011-03-20 12:25

    I give up!!!!

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-20 12:43

      Politicians elsewhere in MUCH richer countries earn not much at all. It's a damn shame that our politicians earn so much money. As far as I'm concerned, that's corruption right there

      Jamesons - 2011-03-20 13:02

      I remember a few years back hearing that Robert Mugabe’s salary was more than Tony Blair’s and George Bush’s salary put together. The ANC are looking like a Zim government more and more each day.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-20 13:19

      On the bright side: as long as he is doing nothing he is not doing damage either. I guess we have to count our blessings here...

      Michael - 2011-03-20 13:38

      Don't give up, votela iDA!

      Bratt - 2011-03-21 10:28

      The problem Hans-Erik, is that if he is being paid to do nothing, then someone else is 'doing' his job. So someone you dont even 'know' is doing the damage...

      ebdg3000 - 2011-03-21 10:53

      Yes, Hans-Erik, maybe they should pay him even more to that - money well spent.

      theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-03-21 12:55

      Jayjay, a DG is a bureaucrat not a politician.

      IrishLuck - 2011-03-21 13:04

      @oldman Semantics - he's a political appointee and has proven himself corrupt and incompetent. He's just one of many and we're footing the bill.

      theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-03-21 13:37

      @IrishLuck: Semantics? Perhaps in your book, but its a little more difficult to rid yourself of a DG. In SA, members of the National Assembly (i.e. parliament) earn just over R800k per annum. Members of the cabinet earn over R1.8m. They can & often are replaced at each election. DGs tend to stick around till the end of their (all all accounts, lucrative) contracts.

      4b6 - 2011-06-19 01:10

      @JAYJAY001 Well as a comparison to prove your point: Annual Salary UK Prime Minister David Cameron R1,554,900 (£142,000 @ rate 10.95 18/6) SA President Jacob Zuma R2,254,000 (salary package) So a DG sitting at home in SA gets as much as the UK Prime Minister. I wonder which of these men has the greatest responsibilty. Probably Zummi because he has so many kids. But seriously, don't worry I am sure Malema will rectify it for us and ensure that our President and DG takes pay cuts so that he can give the money to the poor who he apparently represents.

      Gravy Train - 2011-06-19 04:25

      @4b6 what is even more sickening is the fact that the cost of living in UK is far higher than SA. Also the UK has a GDP 6x of that of SA

      merven.halo - 2012-10-19 13:37

      And yet the people will still vote for the ANC...

  • Logs01 - 2011-03-20 12:25

    And the rest of the ANC followers are still poor, complain about service deliver, wages, food and everything else AND still wants to vote ANC. What a Stupid, Brainwashed bunch of fools....!!!!!!!

      Michael - 2011-03-20 13:40

      Don't give up, votela iDA!

      Bratt - 2011-03-21 10:31

      @Michael - and exactly what is this iDA offering? I haven't heard anything about their intentions except whenever Malema speaks and they feel the urge to respond... Yes, I have heard that Western Cape works well. Great. But when are we gonna see a campaign that would convince the rest of the country to vote differently? This is what politicians do afterall.

      John - 2012-10-19 12:39

      @Bratt We all know the WC works! IF you require a whole campaign trail to convince you at this stage, then my dear friend, you are part of the SA problem!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-19 13:38

      @Michael - the ANC will in typical African style, never give up the power.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-03-20 12:26

    Hence the reason why this nation is still so polarised. If they will not work to make this country a better place to live then why should we all chip in to do the same. Up your pipes ANC. I live for myself and my family and you can all go faak yourselves heathens.

      Michael - 2011-03-20 13:41

      Don't give up, votela iDA!

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-20 12:33

    ANC are a national disgrace, and the ignorant masses continue to vote for them.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-20 12:34

    Thank GOODNESS my ANC membership card with connected links arrives this week. LOVE MY ANC MONEY MEMBERSHIP.

  • gossipgirl58 - 2011-03-20 12:39

    Until the people of South Africa realise that true freedom is financial freedom their lives will never change. All the promises from government is hogwash corruption continues unabated. The country is in disrepair our hospitals our roads metrorail, all departments are rife with corruption...what are they doing "nada" we should be like America vote for our future if the party we vote for is not delivering "out" with them give another party a chance to prove that they can do better and and as soon as they start forgetting who put them there "out" they go.....thats what we need not a bunch of greedy neverminds in power.

  • civilisedper - 2011-03-20 12:45

    so what....the whole bloody government do nothing anyway...they all on the bandwagon.....when the usa spain uk france are finished liberating libya perhaps they can come further south and free this country from more idiots.

      bokkie36 - 2011-03-20 13:01

      USA, Spain, France & UK are all the reason we ARE in this mess in the first place!

      IceMan - 2011-03-20 13:29

      sorry no oil over here ....

  • Zion - 2011-03-20 12:47

    That works out to 125 000 per month and is close to 660 pensions per month.Is this person really worthy of this type of remuneration, especially so when he sits at home earning it. Methinks the law must be altered.

  • Hoboken - 2011-03-20 13:06

    I am available to do this job for just R1m!

      Judith - 2011-03-20 13:49

      I'm happy to do it for R120 000 a year

      Judith - 2011-03-20 13:50

      Oh sorry and provide my own car

      BettyBlue - 2011-03-20 18:42

      Hell, I've been doing it for a year now (sitting at home doing nothing!) - me thinks they owe me some back pay!!!!

  • Shaun Govender - 2011-03-20 13:07

    This is great news, only 1.5 Million, I thought it would be much more

  • Pieter Wolf - 2011-03-20 13:09

    PAL of JZ, Shabir and COMPANY

      IceMan - 2011-03-20 13:27

      I suppose your pal was PW Botha or was it Eugene TerribleBlanche

      Point Blank - 2011-03-20 14:16

      Iceman, stop living in denial and supporting thieves... unless you are one?

      Atoombom - 2011-03-20 16:42

      Iceman is supported by his mother doing the corners in hillbrow. He does not have to work

      Nkunzi - 2011-03-20 22:36

      What is truly amazing in the thought patterns of ANC apologists, is the way in which they revert to old style politicking as soon as the ANC is critisized for corruption. They would look past anything the ANC does WRONG, and then refer to things the apartheid regime might or might not have done wrong....... instead of just saying : "yes, what our leaders are doing in this case is WRONG", they invariably go into denial mode. As if two wrongs make a right! "You cannot blame Zuma (or anyone) for being corrupt, because Terreblanche/PW Botha/Piet Snot was also corrupt". I mean FFS man, grow some BALLS and accept your party's wrongdoing - or are you seated at the 'gravy table'? Or do you think its right that these hyenas are robbing the public coffers?

      Nice Guy - 2011-03-21 11:36

      I don't think we can nderestimate the damage done by generations of apartheid and the denial of 90% of the populations basic needs. We will still be paying for the crimes of aprthied for generations to come regardless of corruption in the current govt

      theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-03-21 13:41

      Nkunzi, I don't think I could have said it better myself.

  • exocist - 2011-03-20 13:12

    MORE ELECTION RAZZEL DAZZLE? after elections all swept under the carpet business as usual and if this is what constitutes state secrets then i really believe they've got pits in their heads not brains

  • winprint - 2011-03-20 13:12

    This is not good

      IceMan - 2011-03-20 13:27

      u thinK !

  • Jon - 2011-03-20 13:13

    Exactly, that's what us ANC voters vote for. We will fight for this.

  • Clint Brash - 2011-03-20 13:15

    With a little training ( 1 day )I will be perfect for this job. And I have no secrets so the NIA will have no problems having to hide or lie about my identity. Can I apply?

      50something - 2011-03-20 21:04

      No Clint, you can't apply, the job is taken. Showns you whether this chap is at "wprk" or at home - the result is the same - the dept is a f -up

  • Nesomaniac - 2011-03-20 13:18

    None of these seat-polishers EARN anything - they get PAID to do nothing while suspended on full pay. Is it really any wonder that South Africa has been going down the tubes since the ANC took control(sic!). Sorry, that should read (sick!).

  • G0ldf!nger - 2011-03-20 13:20

    Dear News24. Is your Editor on leave? Unless there are two Siviwe Dongwana's, this story is absolute rubbish.

  • IceMan - 2011-03-20 13:25

    can I apply for that job ... will even take a 50% pay cut ;) and I dont need 2 Range Rover Sports .... Will accept a Toyota Yaris :)

  • Judith - 2011-03-20 13:47

    Is he DG for both depts? In which case, please can he be summarily removed from state security as he does not need two salaries and none of us can afford him

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-20 15:06

      While it is poorly written, the position of the apostrophe AFTER the "s" in DGs indicates that there are two (or more) people involved. The state securtity fella is the another who is a large salary but the reporters are prohibited from disclosing. This isn't the case for Siviwe Dongwana who is just getting paid loads for doing nothing, but because knowledge of his salary can't really be declared a national risk the reports were allowed to disclose this.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-20 15:09

      Ah, crud, auto correction, going back and reading it again it still doesn't make sense. My bad! But i think my point still stands about them talking about multiple DGs. I guess they attached the wrong name to the job.

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-20 14:02

    Why not pay all the ANC politicians R1.5m to stay at home? That way they can't steal anything or make dodgy deals then things might start improving in SA??

      HAVE-A-HART - 2011-03-20 14:18

      Hey - good point! It will be cheap at the price!

  • porra 1 - 2011-03-20 14:05

    and when that africa national circus ends with this shit

  • porra 1 - 2011-03-20 14:07

    quando e que os ladroes de africa nacional circo acaba de roubar o dinheiro que pertence ao povo

      Andy49 - 2011-03-20 16:44

      dois cervej pov 'a vor.

      Perfume - 2011-03-21 09:59

      A Associação Nacional dos criminosos não acham que o dinheiro pertence ao povo, acho que todo contribuinte que está trabalhando deve pagá-los, daí por que eles vão contar as suas próprias votar a favor da Associação Nacional dos criminosos é como estar no céu, por isso que manter as massas cegas, e eles podem continuar roubando

  • halo1472 - 2011-03-20 14:08

    When a senior manager inthe public service is investigated for corruption, they have to be suspended to keep them away from the workplace, so they don't interfere with evidence or witnesses etc. As we work, in this country, on the principle of innocent until proven guilty, they are entitles to receive their full pay whilst suspended. The problem here is not that the process itself is flawed, but that the speed of the investigations is often slow, meaning that effective and /or innocent managers remain out of their workplace for too long and bad and/or corrupt managers continue to benefit from the system financially without contributing anything. The processes need to be sped up.As for the salaries, these salaries are fairly low compared to what CEOs and directors etc working in the private sector get for similar amount of responsibility in terms of employees and budgets.So those who do perform their jobs properly deserve what they get.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-20 15:14

      I agree with pretty much all you say, but the point I think most people are missing is how slowly the investigations progress. If they were quicker then the staying at home on full pay would be much more palatable. You seem to be in the know of these things (I'm just a scientist) is there such a thing as suspension on half pay with the difference paid (possibly with interest) once the suspended person is cleared?

      moiraine - 2011-03-21 00:01

      I hear exactly what you are saying. But, the process needs to be looked at because people can be suspended for years. As for the salaries when compared with private companies - surely that is the business of the private company. The partners of a company often have to take paycuts or even no salary when things are tough. Shareholders get no dividends when things are tough.RThese guys are public servants and most of the public are living below the breadline. I am not saying they should be living below the breadline, but surely it is a bit much to pay somebody R120000 a month when the people he is "working for" are starving.

  • Sandra Marula - 2011-03-20 14:11

    I also give up, this mess is going on because government employees are not managed. No one conducts performance management delligently as its supposed to be done and so when it comes to someone needing to be taken to task on lack of delivery, the evidence is lacking and the the case drags. Its indeed the state of things in our government today. Anyone who works daily with government officials they will know that the one thing they know how to do is having meetings and workshops an traveling so they claim travel allowance!The people are not managed finish and klaar!

      BilboBaggins - 2011-03-21 09:45

      Exactly. No performance management = the bloody mess we have now.

  • Zibusiso - 2011-03-20 14:46

    There is a push to stop payment to those suspended be it in the private or public sector. I do not think there is a difference. Anyway some people have so much to say against the government but nothing to say against unfair business practises as well as ills of the past. Who has watched A White Dry Season movie that is currently playing on DSTV?

      Nkunzi - 2011-03-21 02:27

      Private companies do not pay their employees with our TAXES! Which part of that needs clarification for you? Yeah, like the "ills of the past" is sufficient reason to excuse all the wrongdoing by the corrupt DO*#ES you call your leaders!? Go play.

      BilboBaggins - 2011-03-21 09:50

      Oh grow up! The past is over - we are in the PRESENT now. Taxpayers' money is not used to pay private companies' employees. All bad practices in the private and public sectors are taken on by the Unions so what the hell are you going on about? Oh, and it's called 'A dry white season' and it was written absolute years ago. Get out of the past and into the future. If you keep going backwards you can never move forwards.

      Santi - 2011-03-21 11:53

      Have you ever noticed how the apartheid movies are brought out at voting times??? It's because they want to keep the people angry and in the past so that they can gain more votes and keep on being corrupt and take your money and forget to build houses for the poor etc etc etc... grow up and get over yourself and the colour of your skin. What are you doing to make life around you better?

  • KEITH - 2011-03-20 14:57

    So what do you expect from the ANC, TRANSPARENT GOVERNANCE?? you must be joking! Idiot politicians are elected to highly paid ineffectual governmental positions by idiot voters..........and those people, we have here in SPADES!!

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-03-20 15:15

    My biggest issue isn't so much the pay, or that they are being paid while suspended, my issue is that the investigations take for frikken ever.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-20 15:23

    Its a National and Internationally known disgrace. These People should only get free food and accommodation in Jail. In any country were there is a semblance of democratic control, these people would not get a job. In countries like China, they would get a Bullet in the head, but here? No problem for them.

  • Monica - 2011-03-20 15:25

    This is the incompetance that affirmative action and ANC have caused!!He is one of many!!!!

  • kilo39 - 2011-03-20 17:05

    shout it from the rooftops, tell every living soul, believe it, the real anc has gone into retirement with Madiba. even if Coca Cola tasted like cat pee it might still sell for a while because people will not want to believe it. 'ke naka'...the time is now, the new anc is trading on a reputation it can no longer claim a right to and they are selling us down the river and taking the money we pay to uplift the poor for themselves. If their (anc) name was changed today would they by the sheer power of what they as a party do for the people, win the next election. You and I both know the answer to that one......with the old school it could work....the new school is an epic FAIL !

      kilo39 - 2011-03-20 17:07

      correction...'ke nako'

  • 2wheeler - 2011-03-20 17:44

    WTF !!

  • KarinWalker - 2011-03-20 17:53

    This country must hold the record for the number of suspended politicians getting full salaries after being suspended for fraud incompetence, theft and misappropriation of funds. doesn't ANYONE do background checks on these fools before employing them. it turns out that the head of the land Bank, lied about having a matric. he failed it in 1974. BUT he WAS MADE HEAD OF THE LAND BANK where he "misappropriated" R14 MILLION rand and was suspended. The CRASS stupidity of the ANC is beyond belief! Helen for President!

      twolips - 2011-03-20 19:10

      Perhaps he passed Lower Grade Maths only ;-)

      Raymond - 2011-03-20 21:38

      One does not do background checks if it is a'job for pals' situation I hope he passed his woodwork exams,he will have one up on Juliarse.They walk past the matric class and then they say the passed matric.Some people just cannot be put into a position of trust,they are so weak that the temptation is just too much for them that they cannot resist.It is like an epidemic in our country.'What's in the marrow,comes out in the bone'It will not end until the country is stolen bankrupt.

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-03-20 19:04

    Sure, this is bad, but can you imagine how much worse it would have been if this man actually did something? I see it as paying a modest ransom amount to keep his paws off of the rest of the public coffers.

  • ecoecho - 2011-03-20 19:47

    As far as I am concerned the public has every right to know who gets what since it is our money that pays for everything. They are our employees, and are not to be patted on the head and told not to worry our pretty little heads, we don't need to know. If someoneone's governmental salary, perks etc have to be kept secret then that is concern to all of us because it means that that person is probably not just driving the gravy train, he owns it. I have the same problem with us having a president who expects us to keep each and every wife, child and home that he has, including body guards, security, cars on standby in the main centres, flights and so on. This is all out and out corruption and a betrayal of the millions of people they purport to have fought for as well as a poke in the eye to the minority of tax payers who support those millions and the government employees who are milking the system.

      Santi - 2011-03-21 11:56

      Bloody well said!

      Santi - 2011-03-21 12:03

      Apparently a low-cost house can be build for about R25 000. Quite a few families could have benefitted from this money. I think a big problem is that the African nation feels that they are traitors to their own if they ever vote for a white leader or someone from a different culture... the people from the rural areas do not have as much exposure to reasoning as we have.

  • Ho - 2011-03-20 19:51

    So what is different between this monkey, and the rest of the ANC...? Thees ees thee whey orv Ufreeka!!

  • andrelouisw - 2011-03-20 19:55

    Yeah! What else can I say! Zuma says that South Africans whont riot and overthrow the anc! time will tell!

  • Shayne - 2011-03-20 20:00

    October 12 2009 at 10:49am By Louise Flanagan If the new head of South Africa's intelligence services gets post for some of his businesses, he will have to pick it up at the Iraqi embassy. New State Security Agency (SSA) Director-General (DG) Mzuvukile Jeff Maqetuka retains interests in at least 14 businesses.

  • MJQ - 2011-03-20 20:40

    Why are you complaining about a welfare state? Don't you know that public service is an extension of the welfare system, but only for the inactive middle classes and those connected to the ruling party? Whether the guy is sitting at home or at 'work' he is doing nothing!

  • Raymond - 2011-03-20 21:22

    This,while some people are starving.Nothing should surprise us as what happens in this country.This is only what we know about,there is probably more of this type of thing happening.It doesn't matter whether the DG is at work or at home,they do do little in any case.The Minister of Finance,in his Budget speech mentioned the salary Bill of state employees.Maybe he needs to know about this and our clever President as well and lets see what they will do about it.I bet NOTHING.

  • maggielou - 2011-03-20 22:49

    As taxpayers we should have access to all the salaries and perks of these parasites!!! Their salaries are an embarrassing disgrace! Unless the SA GINI Coefficient is narrowed, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. How do their salaries compare to state and parastatal pensioners! This needs urgent and serious investigation!!! Middle class pensioners are now also becoming indigent.

  • - 2011-03-21 06:52

    Well it is the same for most members of ANC parliamentarians who sit around with nothing to do except vote when and how, when told to do so by the Chief Whip. The only difference between the DG and MP's is the they get free meals and tea/coffee when they attend Parliament.

  • Gazwa - 2011-03-21 07:16

    The Black Elite including thier puppets from other races will render this country unto a waste land, as long as they are living la vida loca while the ignorance of the poor keeps the votes coming in. I have no sympathy,look at Zimbabwe still to this day. A tyrant in power, South Africa is heading towards a one party state wether we like it or not. So enjoy the ride while you can.

  • BilboBaggins - 2011-03-21 09:42

    ANC = focus on 3 people only = ME, MYSELF and I. Demand, demand, demand the highest salaries and deliver little or nothing - with the exception of a handful of really hardworking Minister, DG and Heads of Department. Just look at the Eastern Cape - how many more times must Government 'step in' to fix the annual messes? None of this would happen if the bloody ANC would simply appoint the BEST candidate and not base appointments on political affiliation and race. Public servants are supposed to SERVE the people, not themselves. I just give up!

  • dhw1 - 2011-03-21 09:44

    I have just had one of my staff come round to ask if any work had come in (we have been on short time for months) and then informed me that he had not eaten for two days. And then one reads of bottom scrapings such as this being paid by his buddy politicians with my tax. It makes me sick!!!!

  • Perfume - 2011-03-21 09:52

    Association of National Criminals!!!!! They want to rape this country of its last resources, whether they are stealing from the tax payers or finding other means to steal, they will. They have no shame whatsoever!!!!!! My guess is the reason they are stealing so much is to enrich themselves in case they are voted out, whilst their blind followers are living in shacks and not knowing there the next meal is coming from. It is a crying shame!!!!!

  • Ben - 2011-03-21 10:00

    Overpaid criminals....sounds 'bout right...

  • gossipgirl58 - 2011-03-21 10:36

    A few corrupt officials does not mean the whole party is bad there are good people in all political parties.... let's not slang the parties let's take action against those who are corrupt in all parties and make this a better South Africa for all. With two strong parties who can take turns to prove their worth during their term of office the ANC viz whoever it will allow the voice of the people to be heard. The peoples vote will determine who deserves to represent them and if after a term in office no changes are happening as promised out they go... and with the next election another other party gets to try to deliver as promised. In this manner we the people are in control of our destiny and the greedy fat cats do not get to stay in power to do as they wish.

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-21 10:46

    With this kind of heneous deception and corruption , I can but only smile upon the sufferings of the poor and ignorant massess . What sympathy can anyone possibly offer people that are basically suicidal ....? It seems like a very sick joke .... to vote in criminals that cause you suffering , and then beg for food from the people who have been disinfranchised by the people you vated for . No more !!

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-21 12:37

    He comes from a racist political background , and shows the typical arrogance of the Afro -politicians . Probably also a terrorist from the "fight for freedom" .... you Irish need to get rid of this individual . Going to Ireland to ride their gravy train . Go home to your rainbow nation son !

  • Laurence Sher - 2011-03-21 12:51

    Ridiculous - and probably true by all accounts - the misappropriation of money in this country is staggering and totally unforgivable - we will be the next Zimbabawe where government officials stay protected behind high walls and security whilst the poor suffer and farmers are in danger- The Hawks need to step in and take the fat-cats out!