unisaSowetanLive reports that a former facilities executive director at the University of SA (Unisa) was paid his full salary while sitting at home for six months after he was fired and he even scored an impressive performance bonus of R128,500 in December.  

Pascal Mabelo, whose contract was terminated by the university in June last year for absconding from work, was also given a backdated pay increase of over R50,000 in September.  Despite being served with a letter terminating his employment, Mabelo was paid his R161,000 monthly salary for six months.  He also enjoyed his monthly perks, which included a cellphone and data allowances of R750 and R418 respectively.  The former executive is now demanding that the university pay him R5.3m for breach of a contract that earned him an annual salary package of R1.8m.  His contract with Unisa was to have run until 2023.  Mabelo claims that his five-year contract was terminated by the university without due process having been followed.  Unisa spokesperson Tommy Huma said the university was unable to respond to questions as to why Mabelo was paid a full salary and bonus.  Huma said the matter was still under investigation.

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