Gordhan calls for law to change as SOEs pay suspended staff R300 million in 3 years

It cost several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) close to R300 million over the past three years to pay suspended employees.

20 Sep 2022 1 min read Article

At a glance

  • Several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have spent nearly R300 million over the past three years to pay suspended employees.
  • Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan provided this information in response to questions from EFF MP Andrew Arnolds. The suspended employees are from entities including Eskom, Safcol, SAA, Denel, and Transnet.
  • Most suspensions occurred at Eskom, with 228 employees suspended in the 2020/21 period, costing over R66 million. Gordhan emphasized the need for changes to limit pay and shorten suspension periods to avoid delays in disciplinary processes.

In a written response to questions posed by EFF MP Andrew Arnolds, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan detailed how many employees of state entities that report to him were suspended with full pay over the past three years.

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