Officials paid R7m to stay at home

2012-07-05 18:45

Johannesburg - The water and environmental affairs department has paid nearly R7m to eight officials suspended for misconduct since 2009.

The officials include axed former director general Pam Yako, suspended corporate services deputy director general Nobubele Ngele, axed chief financial officer Onesmus Ayaya and three chief directors and two directors, according to a parliamentary reply by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

Responding to questions from Congress of the People MP Juli Killian, Molewa said Ngele, who previously acted as the department’s director general, has applied to the Labour Court to review her suspension.

In total, the officials were paid R6 778 466.30 to stay at home.

The two directors are still on suspension, pending the outcome of their disciplinary enquiries.

Two years ago, the auditor general found that Yako and Ayaya had irregularly extended a R500m contract with IT company Arivia.kom for 49 months.

National Treasury regulations limit contract extensions to 12 months.

Under Yako’s leadership, the department incurred R1bn in irregular expenditure from irregular extension of contracts, deviation from procurement policies and the paying of service providers without contracts.

Yako was suspended by former water affairs minister Buyelwa Sonjica.

Molewa revealed that her department laid criminal charges against a director, who is accused of fraud and corruption.

She said where the department suspects employees of engaging in fraudulent or corrupt activities it refers such matters to its internal audit unit, the SA Police Service and or the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

“On the findings of either the internal audit unit, SAPS or SIU, the employee concerned will be disciplined and criminally charged,” Molewa said.

She said after a successful conviction, the state attorney was instructed to pursue an order to recover whatever was lost as a result of the fraud and corruption.

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-07-05 19:13

    Damn!!! I so much want a job here, but I don't qualify. I'm too honest.

      alison.c.houston.7 - 2012-07-05 19:34

      I also want a job there, but got too many honest bones in my body. Guess I don't qualify either

      jeeves.eddings - 2012-07-05 19:50

      Seems legit.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-05 20:45

      paid forever holiday. I despise these nincompoops

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-05 21:26

      Fuc*ing thieving C*nts!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-05 19:14

    taxpayer's money

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-05 19:51

      Look at the ministers nails, a teenagers nails. What do you think she is going to do.

      Christelle - 2012-07-05 21:41

      Patrica, start doing her own nails:-) @Zolisa - yes taxpayers money. And by carry on voting for the ANC, we give them the mandate to carry on being incompetant and steal our money. Because that is exactly what it is - STEAL our hard-earned money!!!

      Raymond - 2012-07-06 08:55

      Why is this woman yellow?

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-07-05 19:18

    When does this incompetence stop .........

      alf.pop - 2012-07-05 20:07

      When we fire the whole damn lot! I am sure the ministers get a cut. Why don't we put them on suspension with government grants instea of full pay?

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-05 21:11

      Stop paying taxes. After the 3rd month and money getting low, they most think of what to do next. Take us all to court and see what they are going to do. It should be no cash no salaries.

  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-07-05 19:19

    F the ANC, all they do is steal from Taxpayers!!!

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-05 19:45

      When are they going to stop this. Suspend without pay then they will do something about it. With pay they sit at home and collect.

  • Ian - 2012-07-05 19:20

    thats about R875.000 of tax payers money to these bastards, but some communities dont even have access to fresh water, sick disgusting, lazy, greedy, corrupt sods

  • Andre - 2012-07-05 19:24

    R7 m here, R300 m there. At the end of the day our wonderful ANC with their cadre employment is costing the country (read: taxpayer) billions every year and the ANC celebrates these abnormalities with massive parties! No wonder there is no money for the real issues, such as health services, honest policing, honest welfare, defence (instead of VIP transportation), water affairs, and one can go on and make a list that won't fit on this page!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-05 19:25

    We are in Africa so it seems about par. Incomptence par excellence

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-05 19:47

      complain about whites, but cash in on the way.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-05 19:26

    Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you [don't] try. With apologies to George Gershwin

  • Spikes - 2012-07-05 19:33

    Poor souls! Less than a million each pa. Sorry sorry

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-07-05 19:37

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - still no change.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-07-05 19:46

    And the rot continues! What a bunch of incompetent, useless, corrupt thieves. When will this plundering end?

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-07-05 19:46

    Let them pay back the money if convicted, or found guilty. They live a fat cat life on the money of the poor. What a shame???

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-05 19:53

    F*** this! I'm gonna go work for the ANC. Get suspended aand still get paid. That's the life!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-05 19:53

    To these ANC cadres a Job is only about the money. Responsibility? What responsibility? Productivity? What is that? I prefer Mazawattee tea. It is so much better at home. I can watch the TV while I am lying in bed and see what my spokesperson says. I am saving the taxpayer a lot of money because my bodyguards are also not working, and I only use the bluelight convoy ( plus a bakkie for the cash) when I go to draw my salary. What are you peasants complaining about?

  • Erna - 2012-07-05 19:57

    So much for the anc being serious about corruption. They have no shame.

  • Clive - 2012-07-05 19:57

    These suspension hearings seem to remain pending for-ever. Hope they are not claiming unemployment insurance over and above the payout.

      raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-05 20:24

      You NEVER hear the outcome as they walk out of one government job into another.

  • Giuseppe Antonio Greco - 2012-07-05 20:11

    viva anc viva what a f***king joke

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-05 20:11

    Now you wonder why people don't want to employ them.WHY can't these people be put in a position without them doing something wrong?What is it,in the genes,culture,weakness? Why can't they resist?They get top class well paid jobs and still it's not enough.

  • chris.holloway.5 - 2012-07-05 20:12

    Plus the money that they squandered and pilfered...bloody ticks.

  • patricia.giraudeau - 2012-07-05 20:12

    May I ask a question, without seeming really dof? What happens to a country when it goes bankrupt?(says me who was born in Rhodesia a long time ago)What when there is NO more money?

      ivan.schoultz - 2012-07-06 10:42

      Apparently, if this research is correct and SA falls into the same basket of countries affected, The Vatican pays the debts ... "In other words: we now have not only a nice trick to liberate a nation, but also a convenient way to get rid of the problem of nation's debt, which is now the problem of the Vatican and not of the nation's self-liberated people. How nice! " ref:

      badballie - 2012-07-06 12:37

      Zimbabwe, where connected officials live high on stolen fortunes they have accumulated, while the middle and lower classes starve to death, because even those who have money can't find anything to buy. The slow collapse of every business as people resign in favor of growing their own food as apposed to working for someone else and the rise of barter as the official form of trade as is currently happening in Greece. Failure to repay debt, results in the collapse of the international trade and the only tourists are those that can't afford a holiday anywhere else, in our case this means that visitors from poorer African countries become our only tourist market. Those that are still able to leave do and those that can't fortify their homes. The only law will be a loaded gun and the criminal gangs will rule the streets. After all this the country will start going down hill at an ever increasing rate until faction fighting and civil war become the norm. Now you know why the ANC has set themselves up in an upmarket walled government city in Pretoria, with underground bunkers and at least 20 supply bunkers which we know about, even if only because the contractors had to sue the government to get paid. It is also expected to be partly cloudy and mild in the afternoon.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-05 20:13

    Now here is a novel idea.....speed up the disciplinary and legal processes. Sure, it is against the principles of jobs for all, and it sets a dangerous example of efficiency and smacks alarmingly like a meritocracy....and then it makes everyone else look even worse. But you never know, there may be a decent brain cell or two out there somewhere in Parliament. And....where are the usual crowd of anc cronies with their nonsense comments?....don't see a single this just too embaressing?

  • Charl - 2012-07-05 20:17

    Eish, my tax money wasted. how do I apply for such a nice job?

  • Andre - 2012-07-05 20:19

    ...and the ANC holds a conference to discuss "cohesion strategies"!...How on earth do they expect us to trust them and to co-operate? They must be out of their stupid minds...!

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-05 20:20

    Mr President if a minister of water is carrying a bucket of water with holes in it and for three years can't make swift and decisive decision.I think you should make that swift and decisive decision on them now please.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-07-05 20:28

    This is beyond acceptable. NGOs who want funding to look after our catchments and rivers - and create jobs are being ignored, yet these people sit at home and are paid for doing NOTHING

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-05 20:31


  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-07-05 20:31

    Reasons for paying this workers aren't justified and constitute fruitless and wasteful expenditure in terms of Public Finance Mgt Act of SA...why did they have to exceeds Public Service prescripts on timelines afforded to deal with cases? Which posts on structure were used to acommodate appointed employee's and how was it possible that those acted in those role's exceeded prescripts of Public Service 12 months acting policy? The accounting minister must furnish substantive facts on this matter. This has to be probed, its serious misuse of our taxes. I will follow up, I promise.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-05 20:32

    Its time we all stood together and demanded our tax money back where on earth except in this country do criminals get paid good money to sit on their arses.Us tax payers are thicker than i thought.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-05 20:33

    Right...Just tore up my tax return!

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-05 20:58

      Maybe your house can be my holiday batch. Yesssssssss Tear it up, see you soon.

  • Gary - 2012-07-05 20:39

    Why is everyone so surprised?

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-05 21:00

      This is ridiculous , Not here Not now Not ever

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-05 20:49

    Any vacancies - I can do with a job like this?

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-05 21:04

      Putco is looking for some CTD's.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-05 20:59

    Suggestion: Government puts a halt on anything requiring an increase in price - rates and taxes, levies, electricity etc until ALL stay at home thieves come off the payroll and pay back all that they have stolen.

      Jacques Janse van Vuuren - 2012-07-05 21:27

      That is what happens when you allow the uneducated masses to vote. If you don't pay tax and contribute to this country, why should you get to vote and have a say in how this country should be run? Even the criminal animals in jail have the right to vote. What a joke.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-05 21:46

      @ Jac, Does your version of voting eligibility exist elsewhere on Planet Earth ?? Not on this Planet however the Universe is large ??

      Jacques Janse van Vuuren - 2012-07-05 22:09

      @Victor. No, but then our problems are unique. Show me another country in the world where, 18 years after the start of democracy, the minority group is still being discriminated against. The correct term is Affirmative Action. Unless you disagree and think we deserve to be discriminated against longer?

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-05 21:58

    No wonder some people have astronomical water accounts... Thank you, now we know why!!!

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-06 06:09

    Another question must also be answered, who employed them, there CVs must be something else, was a background check carried out on them. I would also fire the guy that hired them, his judgement must be severely questioned.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-07-06 07:26

    Ag just pay these people they also have bonds and children at school anyway is tax money who cares .

  • faerrab - 2012-07-06 08:30

    SABC paid much more than that R12 million to One failed CEO and tehn R4 million to another CEO, that excludes other staff on suspension

  • cedjonkers - 2012-07-06 09:33

    Why suspend them? Get rid of them: period! These so-called enquires also drag on forever! Who's doing their jobs while they're on paid holiday for more than a year? Anywhere else in the world where this is happening? Most likely: only in SA.

  • sesom - 2012-07-06 11:05


  • mark.govender.94 - 2012-07-06 11:16

    BEE THIEVES!!!! majority of the people stealing are blacks!!!! pathetic, how do they even sleep at night. its like their nature to steal and WANT WANT WANT but give nothing back to their very own people, PS: I AM NOT RACIST:-) I'm a Charou, WE CANT BE RACIST:-)

  • badballie - 2012-07-06 12:23

    the fine line between good business practice and outright negligence is spelled "ANC" That they continually and across all departments fork out tens of millions of Rand's to suspended members for years after their suspensions is in real terms theft. The ANC is guilty of the theft of billions of Rands of taxpayers money over the last 18 years. It is high time for those who have the resources and moral standards to pursue a class action against the government on behalf of the people of South Africa for a legal declarations of the ongoing state sanctioned criminal theft of public funds and a civil judgment holding senior ANC officials solely and wholly liable for the repayment of every cent misappropriated or squandered under their rule, including money mismanaged by the municipalities under their control. I am seriously thinking of changing my name to Gerard Butler, I believe I have the necessary qualifications to be a "law abiding citizen"

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