The DA said on Monday that the Mpumalanga government has wasted more than R3 million paying salaries of officials who have been placed on precautionary suspension.
An amount of R3 462 769.45 was spent on 39 officials during the last financial year. The majority have been at home for more than 60 days and some for more than a year.
Leader of the opposition in the province, James Masango, said this was in complete violation of the Disciplinary Codes and Procedure for Public Service Policy, which stipulates that a precautionary suspension must not exceed 60 days.
“This further proves the disregard this government has for law and order as the policy provides for the transfer of employees who are under investigation to other departments pending the outcome of their disciplinary hearings,” said Masango.
He said there is an urgent need for a plan to address wasteful spending on suspensions, which means improving discipline management and ultimately reducing the number of suspensions.
Suspensions not only strain the public purse, but also have a negative impact on service delivery. If posts are not vacated by suspended employees, they cannot be filled. This means that other employees have to shoulder additional responsibilities.
Masango said that it also hampers the chances of skilled, unemployed South Africans to occupy such positions. – African News Agency