Govt worker gets R15k - for nothing

2012-10-19 11:46

Johannesburg - An Ekurhuleni municipal employee has been paid for doing nothing for the past six years, according to a report on Friday.

Rejoice Marota arrives at the municipality offices in Brakpan at 08:30 every day and then reads, drinks tea, has lunch and goes home at 04:30, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

She has nothing to do at work because she does not have a position.

Marota said she was told she was in a "pool", which meant no position.

According to the report Marota earned a gross salary of R15 000, taking home at the end of the month a net pay of about R9 600.

She has also received annual increases and bonuses since 2007. This has been costing ratepayers about R1.8m.


Marota told the newspaper she was frustrated.

"It has been frustrating to sit around the whole day doing nothing. But I am not complaining about getting paid for sitting around," she was quoted as saying.

"I have been waiting for years to be placed, but nothing happens."

Ekurhuleni municipality spokesperson Samuel Modiba said there was no such thing as employees in a "pool".

"The employee is currently deployed to the finance department. The process of securing an alternative position for her is ongoing and a number of options are being explored," Modiba told the newspaper.

He said if Marota was unhappy there were a number of internal avenues should could explore, including lodging a grievance.

  • raath - 2012-10-19 11:54

    If they can't find a position for her, she must get retrenched.

      Andrea - 2012-10-19 12:02

      I'd rather see her pay back the money she's been getting for doing nothing, NO retrenchment package for her!

      Andrea - 2012-10-19 12:44

      These thumbs down must be fellow cadre employees.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-19 13:06

      @raath right. A friend of mine worked in government in the Western Cape (ANC) and there was one guy who she said did absolutely no work and whose sole responsibility was to sign documents, and he earned twice what she did as a hardworking development specialist. ANC is an utter joke, so much corruption.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-19 13:44

      @Andrea, no not really, there are some of us who think you just stupid yourself.

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-19 13:57

      @PointBlank ROTFLMAO comment of the day!!!

      lsfreak - 2012-10-19 15:30

      And what does her boss have to say as to why she has no work if she's in the Finance Dept...

      sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-10-20 08:42

      I disagree with you raath. If a pontential employee is given a position in a department, the position must have a name and a line or reporting manager. The position must specify the duties in the job specification. He manager is incapable of managing resources if one sheep can spend over 5 years without contributing to the department.

      KCorsar - 2012-10-20 09:39

      retrench, well that could cost a packet, 1 month for every year of service, a minimum of 6 months; severance package if they arent able to 'redeploy' her to another pointless role; leave pay which I'm pretty sure has accumulated over 6 years assuming 21 days per annum, that's another 4 months. So at worst she would leave with at least a year's salary in severance......................and the law is on her side sadly, as if there is no grounds for summary dismissal she wins again

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-20 12:20

      Go to any government or municipal dept. and you'll see the same. do nothing and don't care nothing, and vote anc, and then the anc clowns have a cheek to warn private business that AA blacks must not be just window dressing.... talk about the pot calling the kettle black

  • joemarshe.push - 2012-10-19 11:57

    Typical ANC practice. Nothing new.

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 12:21

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-20 12:58

      She starts work at 08:30 and finishes at 04:30 ? Wow, that a hell of a long day! I think you mean either 16:30 or 4:30.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-19 11:58

    Oh please, what is so new about this? Ghost employees are the foundation of the governement services. Now they shout? phaa......... ie. teacher who go on 3 year sabaticals to US and get paid for this. Office workers who never go to work, they pay lesser mortals to do the is endless. Disgusting but a fact.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-19 12:21

      And teachers in Limpopo not complaining about NO BOOKS for seven months! I mean how thick do you want to be !

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-19 11:59

    Is any one surprised? Nope - and I can tell you that there are several 1000 like her. All employed into "pool" or "other" grades - swelling the municiple ranks and costing us dearly - while delivering sweet blue niks!

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-19 12:52

      Im surprised. I'm surprised that she even spoke about it. Must be her salary for doing nothing is too low

      jon.harris.9421450 - 2012-10-19 12:55

      i gave you a thumbs up for two reasons a: your comment b: most importantly your sharks logo......

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-19 14:25

      Might kind of you jon - it'll be a collectors item after this weekend - epic over the bulls! ;-)

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-19 12:00

    Once again, no surprise. Every single day we hear about more ANC corruption.

      henk63 - 2012-10-20 07:57

      The big question is: WHO appointed her? Anyone without ambition would gladly get paid for sitting around, problem is those jobs does normally not exist! Don't fire the girl, fire the corrupt ANC idiot who appointed her!

  • gareth.coats - 2012-10-19 12:03

    You're such a bunch of hypocrites! Zuma is a government employee, getting paid 15 times as much and does even less than nothing! No one's moaning here about that are they?! Noooooo!

      henk63 - 2012-10-20 08:04

      Gareth we ARE moaning, are you new to News24? We are trying to get as many people as possible to wake up, but unfortunately there are many people who resist any form of critisizm against the ANC. Fortunately cases like this add to the pile of evidence against the ANC morons. Unfortunately all the wellfare leeches will vote for the ANC forever, which make all the moaning worthless.

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-21 00:52

      Just a tip there @henk63, dont call people you are trying to convert 'morons', bad approach always used on this site. Anyway most people who vote anc probably dont read this site.

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-21 00:55

      And i say that as most comments here are normally one sided, thumps only point in one direction. Very seldom do people disagree here, and thats when its an article that has nothing to do with politics.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-19 12:03

    \The employee is currently deployed to the finance department. The process of securing an alternative position for her is ongoing and a number of options are being explored,\ Modiba told the newspaper.... Hell yeah ongoing for the past 6 years gosh this just irks me and I wonder how many more are out there doing the same thing!!! Oh by the say I believe the employee!!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-19 12:22

      terrylee - I believe this could be rife. We have no idea what goes on in this country, just like our President has now idea WHO is in our country !

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-10-19 12:49

      There are hundreds in every govt offices doing nothing or the bare minimum each day. This is how the system works. The line manager employs staff and is renumerated along the lines of how many staff and supervisors report to him. The more staff the higher the managers grade the higher his package and bonuses. Plenty of them talking a good show but delivery is the bare minimum.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-19 12:04

    Tip of the iceberg. How can she have been signed on if there was no post? Fire the official who employed her and recover the R1.8m from him/her.

      Billy - 2012-10-19 12:23

      exactly, tip of the iceberg. if shes assigned to a 'pool', there must be others too...

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-19 12:05

    and she is unhappy, come on she is lying

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-10-19 12:09

      No Tshepo, there must be some people with morals and good ethics. Not everyone is a low life scumbag. Hats of to this woman for doing the right thing....

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-19 12:18

      I salute here for going public. However, I wouldve kept quiet. So let me say, I agree with you both.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 12:22

      I disagree, she will face hearing for talking and get fired and the mouths she feeds will then complain.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-19 12:23

      No Bingo, not for six years. Six weeks I can understand, but six years, that is taking a bit far !!

      heidi.lundie - 2012-10-19 17:11

      A person with morals would have complained about this immediately not years later. She is as corrupt as the official who employed her as the government who employs them both. After six years she got tired of doing nothing?

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-20 11:46

      Kenpeg, you are right. It seems to be government policy to fire whistleblowers, while the corrupt get promoted or, at best, redeployed.

  • denny.cray - 2012-10-19 12:06

    What a waste. Funnily enough inaction is still better than certain other government employees whose actions actually cause more harm than good.

  • mthoko.xulu.96 - 2012-10-19 12:08

    Rejoice should have been retrenched years ago!

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 13:18

      She should never have been appointed in a non-existent position. I am surprised that I am surprised. What's new?

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-19 12:11

    great stuff how do i apply for dat DOING NOTHING JOB

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-19 12:13

    there is lots of them, in govmnt no one works all sit and chat whole day, yet they're first to toi - toi for more money.

      Billy - 2012-10-19 12:24

      lol! you're right hey.

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-19 12:15

    Funny she wasted 6 years to say that she gets paid to drink tea and coffee.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-19 12:16

    She must be retrenched as even after all these years she did not learn, like the rest of her piers, to at least look busy. They are always experts at that :)

      ZimkhithaMquteni - 2012-10-19 17:31

      Hahahaaaaa ohh Kobus that is so right, she was suppose to just look busy..

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 12:17

    Spelling mistake in headline should read WORKERS this applies to 90% of them

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-19 12:23

    Disgusting!!!!join the circus!!!!the whole set up is a joke!!!!!!zuma what do you say??

  • werner.victor.31 - 2012-10-19 12:24

    She must be able to make a kick-ass cup of tea by now

      Andrea - 2012-10-19 12:57

      No, the T-Gal isn't part of that particular pool, she belongs to another pool.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-19 12:25

    Can't blame her for the ANC's inability to find its way out of a paper bag using both hands and a torch, at least she shows up each day.

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-20 11:52

      no more tax from me....

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-19 12:27

    I am presently unemployed, can I please have her chair, or any similar chair at Ekhurhuleni or Jo'burg council.! I will accept the 15,000 and not be like a mineworker and demand 18,500.

  • lionel.jeoffreys.5 - 2012-10-19 12:29

    Something tells me her boss also does nothing as this has gone unnoticed, I'm sure conveniently....perhaps related?

  • ignatius.makhura - 2012-10-19 12:30

    Pls give her position of a tea lady

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 12:34

      Wont work, that is a lower salary grade.

      sedeshan - 2012-10-20 08:27

      I wouldn't count on it kenpeg - this is the ANC. The position of tea lady could also net you R10000 a month! Everyone's a winner!

  • John - 2012-10-19 12:32

    Sitting around for more than 3 months any person with 2 brain cells would have got bored out of their skulls. This creature has zero between the ears as any psychiatrist would confirm that even lazy people would not be able to tolerate the situation this long.

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-10-19 12:33

    Employement in this country is Fked up!

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-19 12:35

    Nice job if you can get it. Anyone else agree that 'someone' must be held accountable for this 'cup' and waste of tax payers money. Surely her bosses cannot be that useless ....or can they??

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-10-19 12:36

    *shaking my head*

  • marianne.urtel - 2012-10-19 12:38

    The municipal spokesperson is SO missing the point..... It should be a HUGE concern that someone is being paid a salary without services rendered or a position being in place. This remains highly irregular.... It could even be linked to corruption of tax payers money..... And for this situation to be exposed by the person whom is being benefitted, after 6 years!!! is testament to there being inadquate control with no working system in place to prevent corruption.

  • natalie.gelonese - 2012-10-19 12:38

    Only one getting paid to do nothing ? As for "securing an alternate position for her" if you cant do that in 6 years why dont you both leave for not doing anything and save the taxpayers money ?

  • - 2012-10-19 12:38

    this is nothing new... been happening in govt for years, past and present

  • anton.labuschagne - 2012-10-19 12:38

    No Facepalm pic today ....? Anyone ??

      paul.chick.501 - 2012-10-20 09:47

      Was just thinking the same thing, would be very fitting

  • johan.opperman1 - 2012-10-19 12:38

    And yet she sits there, for 6 years, not saying a word. If a person with ANY ambition got into a situation like this, he/she would've tried to make the best of it. LOOK for something to do, and OFFER to do it. When I find myself in situations where my work is up to date and I honestly don't have anything to do, I go to my manager and ask if there's anything I can help him/her with. And that's how I built up experience over these last 20 years, as I ended up doing a variety of different stuff...usually (almost always) my manager would give me something challenging to do (from his/her own pile of work) so whilst helping him/her with his/her workload, I also gain extra knowledge and experience.

      marianne.urtel - 2012-10-19 12:53

      I agree with you 100% Johan, she has definitely 'waited' around for too long before expressing any concern (if you can call it one! :)),but what about her superior - does he not "manage" her? They are both at fault for gross negligence! Surely her position should have been made redundant, especially if they cannot utilise her anywhere else!

      paul.chick.501 - 2012-10-20 09:52

      Totaly agree thats what makes achievers, if you dont help yourself its unlikly someone will help you

  • gbt.smith - 2012-10-19 12:39

    "She is deployed to the finance department". They can cover uponey trail.

  • markus.botha - 2012-10-19 12:42

    So!.... Zuma got 203 mil for nothing

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-10-19 12:42

    I wana be in a \pool\ too

  • Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2012-10-19 12:43

    I worked for Ekurhuleni in Brakpan for six years and I can promise you most of the people with 'positions' sit and do nothing the whole day too!

  • msturmair - 2012-10-19 12:45

    lucky her, what a load of crap

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-10-19 12:46

    Why even print this story, there is thousands of municipal employees that do nothing day in and day out, some do it till they retire. OK, maybe its the money because top government officials get more for doing the same! She wants a increase.

  • mrova.blaza - 2012-10-19 12:47

    Surely she must have applied for a certain position,

  • polite.mkhonto.3 - 2012-10-19 12:48


      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 15:18

      In her CV - 4 years experience at doing nothing Contact x for reference

  • Alice - 2012-10-19 12:49

    Holy Cow! This is ridiculous.

  • derek.bottomley.3 - 2012-10-19 12:56

    The worst of all is this spokesperson Modiba sounds like he condones the issue

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-19 12:59

    Where can I fill out a job application? I waant to work there!!!!

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-10-19 13:01

    R15k for doing nothing and Samuel Modiba expects her to lodge a grevience hahahahahahah Does this idiot still believe in the toothfairy. Damn his comments have made me smile. I would hire this idot just to make me laugh!

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-19 13:05

    Zuma is also doing nothing and every month he get his salary. So government workers learned from our leaders, No work but you get your salary every month. Bloody agent. The only thing that they know is to make sure that Zuma got what he want to upgrade Inkandla to be a New York os SA.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-19 13:09

    This is pretty much the job description of every ANC employee - from the bottom to the top, they get paid adding no value to SA.

  • johan.verster.585 - 2012-10-19 13:12

    Only 1?

  • linda.stroebel - 2012-10-19 13:14


  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 13:15

    Petrus Ngwenya, it took her 6 years to become honest?

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-10-19 13:16

    Hhahahahha omg South Africa and its government is getting worst by the day...The only reason I come on Mweb these days is to laugh.Really mweb news...comedy.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-19 13:17

    For those of you who does not know the meaning of the word Ekurhuleni is Sitsonga for a (resting place),so you are making noise disturbing the lady. Hhawu, why are so jealous, the lady is enjoying some rest. For an advice my lady post a do not disturb sign at your office door. Enjoy!