The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) paid more than R17 million in salaries to 31 suspended officers and civilian employees.
This figure covers the period 2007 to April this year and was reported earlier this week by Johannesburg digital daily, Times Live. Most of them are apparently in connection with corruption.
Included in this number are two generals (no details of their exact rank is given) and a colonel. They were apparently suspended in December last year on allegations of corruption. The digital publication reports the three earned more than R1,2 million since being told not to report for duty nine months ago.
Twenty –three other SANDF employees, including administrative clerks in Pretoria, have been suspended between 2016 and this year.
The publication claims one officer has been “sitting at home for more than 11 years” and to date has been paid more than R2 million. Similarly, a warrant officer, off work for six years has earned R2,25 million.
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is reported as appearing before the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) in June this year to answer questions on a number of issues, including the cost of suspensions. She is reported as acknowledging to the parliamentary oversight committee that “an estimated total amount of R17,169,717 has been paid to members and employees placed on leave on instruction from Chief of the SANDF (General Solly Shoke)”.
The publication lists some of those suspended as earning amounts in excess of R2 million while others have had well over R1 million put into their bank accounts since being suspended in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Times Live notes the Department of Defence failed to respond to questions about why personnel have been suspended for so long.