These SUSPENDED provincial dept heads have been paid over R12m


Six suspended provincial heads of departments who have been sitting at home have been paid over R12 million. Among these individuals is the Free State Human Settlements head Tim Mokhesi. Mokhesi is implicated in the Free State’s asbestos roof case.

Minister speaks about the six suspended heads

The news about the six suspended heads was revealed by Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele. He was responding to a Parliamentary question posed by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Mimmy Gondwe.

Gondwe inquired about the number of provincial department heads who are on suspension with full pay. She asked for the reasons for each suspension, their length and how much the suspensions have set taxpayers back.

In response, Gungubele listed six suspended officials. Two in the Free State, two in Mpumalanga, one in the Northern Cape and one in KwaZulu-Natal. Altogether, the six suspended officials have earned R12 256 227 while they have been on suspension.

Gungubele went into detail about the suspended officials. 

Who are the department heads in question?

Free State

Speaking about Mokeshi, Gungubele said he was placed on precautionary suspension in June 2020. Mokhesi is facing charges of misconduct related to irregularities in a tender. According to the minister, Mokhesi has earned R3 412 484 since he was suspended.

Head of the Free State Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Department Sipho Mtakati has been on precautionary suspension since May last year. Mtakati has earned R1 978 533 since his suspension.


Kebone Masange, the head of Mpumalanga’s Human Settlements Department, has been suspended since April 2021. Masange was suspended on charges of gross negligence and earned R1 308 568.

Busi Nkuna, the head of Mpumalanga’s Community Safety, Security and Liaison Department has been suspended since June last year. Nkuna has earned R1 196 064 and is facing charges relating to ‘serious offence’.

Northern Cape

Head of Northern Cape’s Sports, Arts and Culture Ruth Palm was suspended in September 2020. Palm has earned R2 014 340 and is facing charges relating to fraud.


KZN Public Works Department Head Gaster Sharpley was put on precautionary suspension in November 2020. Sharpley has earned R2 346 238 since being suspended and is facing charges relating to an allegation of misconduct, reports TimesLIVE.

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