Seriti inquiry’s huge pay cheques
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.