If you work for the state, you are literally in the ‘pound seats’

If you work for the state, you are literally in the ‘pound seats’
Resistance of taxpayers to pay money to a corrupt ANC government will increase

In years gone by, if you worked for the state, be it the different departments, committees, commissions, etc. it was naturally assumed that you were “poor”. Rates were set according to qualifications and experience on a sliding scale. These days, you are literally in the “pound seats”.

Arms deal inquiry lawyers earning millions – Minister

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has revealed that officials and lawyers working for the arms deal inquiry have earned millions in the two-and-a-half years since the commission was established.

The commission, led by arms deal inquiry, has so far cost the taxpayer more than R83m – from when the commission began its work in 2012 to 30 September this year – and its work is not yet complete. This is almost double the R42m it was allocated when established.

Marikana commission of inquiry into the killings in August last year at the Lonmin mine has seen similar increases, having been given an initial allocation of R25m by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, but now estimated to be costing R75m. Masutha said a massive R41m – or almost half of the total spent thus far – went on paying evidence leaders who work for the commission. More than R22m was spent on remunerating other officials employed by the commission. He also detailed that R15.1m had been spent on consultants.

The only forensic auditor on the books of the commission, Jabulani Mahlangu, received R9.3m for his services.

One of the evidence leaders received more than R10m for the two-year period and other senior evidence leaders were paid on average R5m. The total bill does not include the pay packets of the judges.

David Maynier, the DA MP who posed the question, said the payment structure of the commission was ‘crazy’, especially since he believes the lawyers involved in the commission are receiving steady incomes from other work.


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