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The state has spent more than R14bn on public servants who have taken sick or incapacity leave since the outbreak of Covid-19, highlighting the enormous cost of the pandemic to the government and taxpayers.
This was revealed by public service and administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo in a written parliamentary response published this week.
Between March 28 2020 and October 31 2021, 881,152 employees took the two categories of leave, public service and administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo said in a written response to DA MP Mimmy Gondwe.
“The total cost of the public service in respect of the normal sick leave and incapacity leave for the period in point amounts to R14,346,032,476,” Dlodlo wrote.
In terms of departments, the police took the most leave.
She provided a breakdown by province and national department as follows:
In terms of departments, the police took the most leave:
Dlodlo said the numbers excluded the department of defence and the State Security Agency.
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