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southafricalogoSaturday Star reports that the government has forked out a massive R412 million to 7,830 public servants who have been on long periods of sick leave between January last year and August of this year.  

This was revealed by Public Service Administration Minister Faith Muthambi last week in response to a parliamentary question.  Muthambi said 1,171 civil servants in national departments were paid for sick leave between July last year and August this year at a cost of R73,584,892.  A further total of R338,992,685 was paid out to 6,759 employees in the provinces during the same period.  KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape had the most civil servants on long periods of sick leave, while North West had the fewest.  Muthambi also revealed that taxpayers had coughed up a whopping R38,627,159 in salaries to 174 civil servants who had been suspended pending disciplinary hearings since April this year.

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