Teacher paid for 8 years' sick leave

2012-11-16 10:42

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal teacher who has been on sick leave for eight years has been receiving a salary from the education department, The Witness reported on Friday.

The teacher, from Zululand, had not been in the classroom since October 15 2004 and had cost the department R397 911 for 1 615 teaching days.

Another teacher from the eThekwini region last taught on April 18 2007 costing the department R1 022 484 for the 1 119 days he spent on sick leave. This teacher earned more because he was on a higher salary grade.

Both teachers appeared on a list in the department's budget performance report for 2012/13.

Provincial education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said teachers on the list would receive random visits from teams set up by department head Nkosinathi Sishi and MEC Senzo Mchunu.

Those deemed fit would be instructed to return to work. The department intended recovering the money that had been paid to them while they were on sick leave.

  • Elisha - 2012-11-16 10:50

    Family of Zuma or some other corrupt government official.

      carol.otto.94 - 2012-11-16 14:37


      kobus.swart.75 - 2012-11-16 15:54

      And they cry like little babies if they are not respected? How can anyone respect a corrupt bastard like that?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-16 10:51

    Yip, and we must take this shower of twits seriously. Inept in every possible way.

  • JohnDough - 2012-11-16 10:53

    I bet their surnames are Zuma.

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-16 16:31

      or Mandela.

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-11-16 10:55

    My sister has been the "acting" headmistress of a Pietermaritzburg school for 5 years after the headmistress was put on sick leave (she is a raving nutcase). Not only is this other women getting paid for being at home, my sister is doing her job for the same salary she earned as a teacher, and she still does her teachers job. The department is a disgrace, no other way to describe it. As long as Cruella is on sick leave the post cannot be filled at a heads salary.

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-11-16 10:55

    I love the efficiency of the Dept of Education. It took them ONLY 8 years to find this out. FFS... If I am off work 1 DAY, I get a phone call.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-16 11:54

      Imagine if they nationalize the mines... "Hey, have we got anyone down the shaft today?.. I don't know!" "Let's just sell all the metal on top of the ground for scrap" Impossible? No, that is what happened...

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-11-16 10:57

    what a shocker

  • godesha - 2012-11-16 10:58

    I am in the wrong profession. Should have listened to my mom and become a teacher.

      msophiasharp - 2012-11-16 11:07

      Bend over, my foot is looking to practice kicking someone LOL....

  • Blackpoison - 2012-11-16 10:59

    "The department intended recovering the money that had been paid to them while they were on sick leave."...yeah, like that'll ever happen!

  • Alan - 2012-11-16 11:00

    You can add to those costs because not only did they pay the "sickies" but had to pay temp teachers to take their places. The temps get more pay than full time teachers.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 11:01

    This is the tip of the iceberg! There are plenty more where they come from! They should be made to pay it all back with interest! Probably a fake sick note in the first place! Sinful and shameful. Best is he just kept on taking! All a bunch of corrupt thieves!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-16 13:13

      Yeah, actualy this is the norm. My son worked at a school, where a teacher has been in America "on sabatical" on full pay for 6 years. LOL!!! oh and the police who are on sick leave due to 'stress' for a year or so? The ones here are commerical fishermen, whilst sick.....

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-16 11:02

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption Business as usual on the gravy train.

  • brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-16 11:02

    This filthy cANCer are absolutely INCOMPETENT at doing anything concerned with the nation. But when its gets to thieving, they score an A++++.

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-11-16 11:03

    Where do you go absent for such a long time and not be in trouble? I really would like to find a job in some of these organisations. Wow, some smart people know how to choose employers out there.

  • phillipenheidi.rozenkrantz - 2012-11-16 11:03

    That is what you call "a dream job"!!

      thabang.madigage.7 - 2012-11-16 17:41

      a dream job indeed phillip

      thabang.madigage.7 - 2012-11-16 17:41

      a dream job indeed phillip

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-16 11:05

    Oh, please I bunk work for 8 years and you want me to come back & teach. FRAUD dude. Get them vaseline and jail them

  • gideon.walt - 2012-11-16 11:07

    These people aren't even qualified to the admin clerks of a pot plant store!! disgraceful!!

  • braamc - 2012-11-16 11:09

    The cANCer is just competent beyond, eish, yo, yo. Useless bunch

  • hendrikvs - 2012-11-16 11:10

    The gravy train has many coaches filled with greed!

  • brendaanne.anderson - 2012-11-16 11:11

    Oh heavens no. Please dont instruct them to return to work. Teachers are supposed to be our children's role models and I certainly wouldn't have wanted somebody that is prepared to steal to teach my children. How can you even suggest that they return to teaching ?? The mind boggles.

  • Thembinkosi Ntlanganiso - 2012-11-16 11:14

    Whhat a waste

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 13:49

      Or what a lovely life!!!!

  • Bokrichard - 2012-11-16 11:14

    Hehhehhehheh OOPS I just cracked in my pants laughing. And it took sooo many years to discover that they were stealing from the department.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-16 11:19

    How exactly will the money be recovered? They can't be made to go wek without pay, for sure they just won't go ... shall we encourage civil disobedience until their Govt pensions are seized? Will it even be enough?

  • rayner.willnecker - 2012-11-16 11:23

    Yes, the new flu virus has been quite nasty. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be back teaching soon....

      brendaanne.anderson - 2012-11-16 11:33

      Thanks for the giggle -Rayner! Love your sense of humour - Lord knows, amidst this madness we need something to make us laugh !

      Andrea - 2012-11-16 11:37

      another 8 years or so?

  • sakkie.sarel.9 - 2012-11-16 11:24

    And according to our ministers there is absolutely nothing wrong with our school system. “shurup you bloody agent”

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-16 11:24

    Why does this not suprise me. I wonder how many more are hiding in the woodwork ?????

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-16 11:25

    They got the cash! Next headline plz

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-16 11:25

    Not surprising, we want, we demand but we arnt prepared to work for it

  • adelheid.manefeldt - 2012-11-16 11:27

    "Those deemed fit would be instructed to return to work. The department intended recovering the money that had been paid to them while they were on sick leave." How can they be asked to continue working? They should be fired and jailed.

  • brian.ocinneide.7 - 2012-11-16 11:28

    They are probably drivibg taxis.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-11-16 11:36

    in the meantime they have other jobs as well

  • nam.adumodwa - 2012-11-16 11:38

    mxm bladdy people eager for money yet there is sumone out there fit n strong to do the job yerr disgustin South Africans pathetic yerr

  • tebo.go.5 - 2012-11-16 11:42

    I need to get this note

  • leon.lambourn - 2012-11-16 11:43

    Ridiculous! And now after 8 years of sick leave the teacher will most likely be declared medically unfit to continue work. Will receive a nice early retirement bonus, a bonus for being unfit to work and a monthly disability grant. Oh, and don’t you worry about paying back that money, you are disabled now. In fact, we will even pay you your pension for the 8 years you have been on sick leave. Such a nice and caring government we have.

  • blancherheeder - 2012-11-16 11:52

    OMW!! Seriously - this is a joke.. WTF next!? Who the hell is sick for 8 years... 8 years and you dont pick it up...

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 13:50

      Accidently on purpose of course!

  • edwardsch - 2012-11-16 11:53

    WHERE CAN I GET AN APPLICATION FOR ONE OF THESE POSITIONS? In training for a position in government. Sit around doing nothing and get paid for it. Both are very well qualified to take up one of Uncle Jacob's cadre jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tracey.erasmus.92 - 2012-11-16 11:54

    So what happened to only 30 days sick leave over 3 years, then unpaid.........

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 13:51

      You are in the wrong company. Anything with an anc stamp is loooooooong term-no questions asked!

  • husstla - 2012-11-16 11:54

    and it took them 8 years to find this out? sweet.

  • morgaporg - 2012-11-16 12:03

    Un-BEE-lievable... Only in South Africa...

  • lyn.ward.73 - 2012-11-16 12:05

    has this teacher got a sick note?

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-11-16 12:15

    Boring .......who cares , they are protected by their union .....yawn . kids only need 30% to pass anyway .

  • sisie.indola - 2012-11-16 12:33

    I am definitely in the wrong line of employment.

  • cynic.martian.3 - 2012-11-16 12:42

    "The department intended recovering the money that had been paid to them while they were on sick leave" - How exactly?

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  • tony.naidoo - 2012-11-16 13:15

    Pathetic state of affairs, but a pittance compared to what zoombie gets for doing NOTHING!

  • charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-11-16 13:17

    Do not forget zulus don't get arrested . That show how our country do not care about arresting frausters as long as you can be in the line with them. Many want money not to work. Prinsipal must lose his job because report his teacher.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-16 13:28

      I'll say it in plain isiZulu. Uyanya. That's just about the most ridiculous thing I have ever read on here. The law is now discriminating and authorities are opting to not arrest Zulu people? WTF is wrong with your reasoning?

      charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-11-16 14:00

      Wena o wa phega. R250bn have been lost in kwazulu

  • adivhaho.magoma - 2012-11-16 13:28

    I would how they gone recover the money,think they have spent it.

  • marianna.english.1 - 2012-11-16 13:41

    Mommy, why is England called a kingdom? Because its ruled by a King. O Mommy is that why South Africa is called a country.....

  • andries.d.plessis.9 - 2012-11-16 13:54

    Why NEWS24 is there a WHITE man on the cover of your Propa...erm story?

  • kyle.chetty3 - 2012-11-17 04:43

    The ANC is not an efficient business like other countries, its a money making scheme for the corrupt which just eats tax