Judge Nsibande earns over E800 000 sitting at home
MBABANE – Government has spent over E800 000 paying the salary of suspended Industrial Court President Judge Sifiso Nsibande.
Nsibande was suspended with pay in June 2010, a few weeks after his arrest for charges of fraud and corruption worth E11 million.
The recent work-related activity that he participated in was the declaration of assets and liabilities in March this year.
He did this together with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Chairman, Chief Justice Micheal Ramodibedi and Judges Bheki Maphalala, Stanley Maphalala, Jacobus Annandale, Qinisile Mabuza, Mbutfo Mamba, Nkululeko Hlophe and Mumcy Dlamini.
Others were Industrial Court Judges Nkosinathi Nkonyane and Abande Dlamini.
Nsibande was charged together with former CTA Transport General Manager Polycarp Dlamini, CTA Senior Mechanical Engineer Mpumelelo Mamba and businessman Sandile Dlamini.
They are facing 13 counts.
In essence, he has been getting paid for doing nothing for about 23 months.
When calculated at an average salary rate of E36 000 per month, Judge Nsibande, who has been home for 23 months now, has pocketed E828 000 as his salary.
Ministry of Public Service Principal Secretary Evart Madlopha was reluctant to discuss the matter when reached early in the week.
He said he was not the right person to talk about judges.
Secretary of the JSC, Lorraine Hlophe said, "There is not much I can say except that we do things according to the law."
Ministry of Finance Principal Secretary Khabonina Mabuza said although government was losing a lot of money in this, it was the best way in which the matter could be handled.
She said, "It is true that government is losing a lot of money, but we have to follow what the law dictates."
She said every case had its merits that are considered before decisions are taken.
Mabuza said the ministry cannot do anything about the situation.
Three of the accused persons were granted E50 000 bail each, E10 000 which was in cash and E40 000 surety.
Nsibande was released on his own recognisance.
For the bail application Nsibande was represented by Mduduzi Mabila while Mabandla Manzini represented Polycarp and Sandile Dlamini. Mamba was represented by M.S. Simelane.
Polycarp Dlamini later on confessed to the charges and he was then made an accomplice witness.
The four were arrested as a result of an investigation by a Commission of Enquiry into the tendering process and authorisation of the awarding of contract agreements between CTA and companies or persons.
It also investigated the procurement procedures and utilisation of specialised equipment at CTA and further looked into the verification of the allegations of collusion between officers at CTA and suppliers.
The operation was executed by a task team comprising the police, Director of Public Prosecutions, the Anti-Corruption Unit and KPMG and it further investigated the procedures followed in the procurement of the fuel management system.
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