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Prasa pays over R37 mln to suspended employees

The transport ministry revealed that 2,575 employees were placed on suspension with full pay.

FILE: Prasa's head office next to Park Station at Umjantshi House on Wolmarans Street, Braamfontein. Picture: Google Earth.

CAPE TOWN - It has emerged that over R37 million has been paid in salaries to more than 2,500 employees of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), who have not done any work.

The transport ministry has revealed that 2,575 Prasa employees have been placed on suspension in the last three years, on full pay.

The department says many of the cases, which are still pending, require "intense investigation".

Most of the cases relate to alleged misconduct.

Democratic Alliance shadow Minister of Transport, Manny de Freitas, said, "In the private sector, any person suspended will, at the very maximum, be suspended for three months and that would be the worst scenario. But some of these officials have been suspended for literally over a year and this is a great problem."

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