A senior account of the embattled Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng has pocketed more than R3m in salary payments while sitting at home for four years, reports City Press.

Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs MEC Mzi Khumalo has revealed that the senior accountant has pocketed R3 136 848 from the municipality since 2019.

Khumalo revealed this in a written reply to the DA’s questions tabled in the Gauteng provincial legislature.

The DA lamented that this wastage was happening while residents suffered from a severe lack of service delivery, demanding that Khumalo urgently investigate the accountant who has been getting paid an annual salary of R784 212.

According to Khumalo, the Emfuleni municipal manager was unaware of this issue, and only learnt about it from the DA’s questions.

Kingsol Chabalala, DA’s constituency head in Emfuleni North, said: ‘This indicates that the municipal manager is failing to ensure that Emfuleni’s coffers are spent wisely for the benefit of its residents. Furthermore, this shows that there is no monitoring or skills audit of all employees. The fact that they failed to disclose the qualifications of the senior accountant raises questions about whether he meets the job requirements.’

He said while the municipal manager has instituted an audit of all employees to stop payment to ghost workers, they demanded that those implicated in paying salaries to them be held accountable.

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