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Eastern Cape Social Development officials earning full salaries while at home since July last year

Mar 5, 2018
Eastern Cape Social Development officials earning full salaries while at home since July last year

Ten Eastern Cape Social Development officials have been sitting at home since July last year earning their full monthly salaries, costing the province close to R1.2-million so far while NPOs are starved of funds and services, claims the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape. 

"This was revealed in a reply to oral questions I asked Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi during a legislature sitting this week," said Kobus Botha (MPL), the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Social Development.

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"In some cases, the finalisation of internal disciplinary processes has been dragging on for more than eighteen months now.

"A multitude of charges relating to misconduct of officials ranging from fraud, forgery, gross dishonesty, assault, unauthorized absences from work, disrespectful and unacceptable behaviour and damage to state property is being investigated," he described.

"I have written to MEC Sihlwayi requesting that she ensures that the disciplinary process is sped up as a matter of urgency. Given the severity of charges against the officials, I believe that she has to now intervene. Justice delayed is justice denied."

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Botha said that this department is broken, with performance reports indicating a regression over for the last three financial years.

"The MEC must realise no matter what else separates us as South Africans, we all agree that corruption must have no place in a free and democratic South Africa. It is the greatest enemy in our fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality," he added.

"The MEC must up her game and put in place new systems that combat corruption and correct the weak internal control systems in her department."