Zondo investigators, lawyers not paid for 5 months: report

'Business Day' reported that the secretary of the commission blamed the non-payment on delayed disbursements from Treasury.

FILE: Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday, 8 October 2019. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG – Investigators unearthing evidence of state capture for the Zondo commission haven’t been paid since October.

Business Day on Thursday reported that the secretary of the commission, Itumeleng Mosala, blamed the problem on delayed disbursements from Treasury and said arrangements were in place to get money.

The Zondo investigators and lawyers haven’t received their pay for five months now.

Some of them have reportedly resorted to taking outside work, while others are effectively operating as volunteers at the state capture inquiry.

Mosala told Business Day that funding the commission expected from government was slow to come in, even though it was confirmed.

More funding allocated for the final report was also not released even though the commission was expected to begin that work at the end of this month.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola confirmed to Parliament on Wednesday that an additional R63 million was approved for the commission, bringing its total expenditure to R800 million.

The High Court approved a three-month extension for the commission to June and Mosala said plans were under way to get funding and investigators would be paid soon.

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