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Suspended cops are costing taxpayers

Suspended senior police officers — including some declared unfit to hold public office, and others accused of murder and fraud — are allowed to hang onto their jobs for years and draw salaries, costing taxpayers millions of rands a year.

Many of the suspended officers are seemingly hanging on until they are eligible for retirement and entitled to pensions and other state benefits. National police commissioner Riah Phiyega and disgraced crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli have to date since their suspensions cost taxpayers more than R15-million between them in salaries and other benefits.

Richard Mamabolo of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said employing people in an acting capacity meant that taxpayers were paying the salaries of two for the services of one and added: “There has to be speedy resolutions to disciplinary hearings to stop the abuse of the taxpayer. People must receive fair trials, but if they are found guilty they must be fired.’’ Newly appointed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has vowed that before the end of the year “all vacancies will be filled so we do not have acting posts.”

Source: SA Labour News



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