Suspended state officials still being paid

Government spends R52m a year on salaries for suspended officials.

Parliament

CAPE TOWN - Government is paying millions every year to public servants who have been suspended, but are still receiving a full salary.

Parliament's Public Finance and Administration Committee heard on Wednesday that the state pays an estimated R52 million every year to staff that were suspended.

The police and safety and security cluster has the highest number of paid suspended officials.

The Democratic Alliance's Kobus Marais said money paid to temporary staff is also taking its toll on state coffers.

He added that public service appears helpless to reign in the excess expenditure.

"This is not within the Department of Public Service and Administration, but it is about public service, and seems like this department has no influence over other departments.