MORE than 41800 civil servants working in the SA Police Service are bound to insist on a second payout each year, which could cost the department R2-billion.
But police top brass yesterday were not able to explain how they had found themselves in a predicament that had not been budgeted for.
The dispensation for a second payout was originally only intended for on-the-ground officers to compensate them for the nature of their work. This was over and above the annual increase.
The agreement was signed between the police and the unions more than two years ago. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega told the portfolio committee on police that the official who had signed the agreement had resigned.
He had also signed the deal without taking minutes and without a mandate from management.
However, this did not sit well with MPs.
ANC MP and chairman Annelize van Wyk would not accept the department distancing itself from such an agreement that had "huge financial implications".
COPE MP Mluleki George was equally annoyed.
"This excuse shows what stakeholders were saying, that there is weak leadership," he said. Van Wyk also warned that the unions would take court action for failing to implement the agreement.
"It's a very possible scenario. It has huge financial implications."
Phiyega responded: "The matter hasn't gone to court chairperson. I'm truly grateful for the attitude and spirit that I see coming out of labour.
"We will look at it ourselves, so we can get clarity on that as well," she said.
According to the 2012-2013 annual financial report, the department spent R46.8-billion on compensation for 197946 employees. This was out of the overall department budget allocation of R63.3-billion.