Ser­iti in­quiry’s huge pay cheques

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TAX­PAY­ERS have forked out over R80 mil­lion so far to fund the Ser­iti Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in the multi­bil­lion-rand 1999 arms deal, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Ma­sutha re­vealed yes­ter­day. “The to­tal cost as at the end of Septem­ber was R83m,” Ma­sutha said in writ­ten re­ply to a ques­tion by DA MP David Maynier. Most of the spend had been on salaries for ev­i­dence lead­ers brought in as con­sul­tants. “The to­tal cost of con­sul­tants from Oc­to­ber 27, 2012 up to Septem­ber was about R41.9m,” Ma­sutha said. Th­ese in­cluded se­nior ev­i­dence leader Si­mon Le­bala, who earned R10.2m, fol­lowed by Phum­lani Ngob­ese, who re­ceived R6.7m, and Barry Skin­ner, who earned just over R5m. Foren­sic au­di­tor Jab­u­lani Mahlangu earned a to­tal of R9.2m. The com­mis­sion­ers are full-time judges and are there­fore not paid by the com­mis­sion.

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