National Lotteries Commission COO Phillemon Letwaba earned a performance bonus of nearly R1m in the 2020/21 financial year even though he wasn’t at work at all that year, reports GroundUp.

Letwaba took a 17-month leave of absence from February 2020 to July 2021. But the NLC 2020/21 annual report shows that he was not only paid his basic R2.46m annual salary, he also received a R976 000 ‘performance bonus’.

Letwaba is under investigation by the SIU for alleged corruption.

Commissioner Thabang Mampane, whose 10-year-long tenure ends on 30 September, was paid nearly R4.54m for the year, including a R1.25m ‘performance bonus’, and allowances.

This was an increase of more than 20% compared to the roughly R3.74m package Mampane earned the previous year.

Her earnings in 2020/21 were more than the salaries of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who earns R3.07m, or Deputy President David Mabuza, who earns R2.91m a year.

Her successor will however earn substantially less.

The new commissioner is expected to be appointed by 1 October. The new incumbent’s ‘all-inclusive remuneration package’ will be between R2m and R2.2m a year.

Between them, the NLC’s seven-person executive earned about R23m, including generous bonuses and allowances in the 2020/21 financial year.

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