To­kens less than de­served over­time - min­istry

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The min­istry of fi­nance, though not privy to the to­tal amount paid out as to­kens, says the money was for over­time. Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Fi­nance Bheki Bhembe said they did not ap­prove the to­ken pay­ments as over­time pay­ments do not need their con­sid­er­a­tion, nor SCOPE’s.

“Over­time is an in­ter­nal mat­ter within an or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said. When asked if the uni­form amounts, see­ing as man­agers got E10 000 and ju­niors E5 000, could be con­cluded to be over­time with­out a clear method on their com­pu­ta­tion, he said they were sup­posed to be paid even more than this and a de­ci­sion made to stan­dard­ise as per the re­sul­tant to­kens.

“That’s what forced us to make it uni­form as it is far be­low the over­time in­curred,” Bhembe said.

How­ever, Bhembe could not re­veal the com­plete fig­ure as he was not aware as this was paid from within SRA’s bud­get.

Min­istry of Fi­nance PS Bheki Bhembe.

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