Suspended senior police officers‚ who include those declared unfit to hold public office as well as alleged murderers and frauds‚ are costing taxpayers millions of rand in wasteful expenditure. Newly appointed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula now plans to put an end to the dozens of officers on suspension‚ by permanently appointing their replacements and ending "all these acting posts". Driving his mission are the many who are "winding down the clock" to retirement. Once retired‚ those on suspension are entitled to draw their pensions and claim their other state benefits. Suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and disgraced crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli have to date cost taxpayers more than R15m in salaries and other benefits since their suspensions. Phiyega‚ suspended in October 2015 on her full annual salary of R1.9m‚ was in January found to be unfit to hold office by the Claassen Commission of Inquiry. She is currently appealing the ruling. The Claassen commi...

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