187 police ministry officials suspended with full pay

They have been on suspension with full pay since last January, to the tune of more than R6,3 million.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The police ministry on Wednesday said 187 department officials had been on suspension for over a year with full pay.

This was revealed in a parliamentary reply.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has made headlines in recent months for a slew of questionable suspensions involving senior officials, such as Hawks head Anwa Dramat and Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) boss Robert McBride.

The police ministry is becoming known for suspending senior officials and 187 police officers are no exception.

They have been on suspension with full pay since last January, to the tune of more than R6,3 million.

Meanwhile, in a separate reply, Nhleko said the legal costs involved in taking action against Dramat have so far been placed at a little over R1 million.

In another reply, the Home Affairs minister said 42 department staffers have been on suspension since January 2014 at a cost of more than R3 million.