Zondo investigators, lawyers not paid for 5 months

South Africa

Johannesburg – It’s emerged investigators who are unearthing evidence of state capture for the Zondo Commission have not been paid since October.

The Business Day on Thursday reporting that the secretary of the commission Itumeleng Mosala blames it on delayed disbursements from Treasury and said arrangements were in place to get money.

Investigators and lawyers at the Zondo Commission have not received their pay for five months now.

There are reports that some of them have resorted to taking outside work while others are effectively operating as volunteers at the state capture inquiry.

Mosala said that funding the commission was expecting from government had been slow even though it was confirmed.

More funding allocated for the final report has also been released even though the commission was expected to begin that work at the end of this month.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola confirmed to Parliament on Wednesday that an additional R63-million was approved for the commission, bringing its total expenditure to R800-million.

The High Court has approved a three-month extension for the commission to June and Mosala said plans were under way to get funding and investigators would be paid soon.

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