Civil servants: over 900 face disciplinary action in KZN

2011-03-31 00:00

MORE than 1 000 civil servants in KwaZulu-Natal are facing disciplinary action for fraud, theft, social grant abuse, misuse of state property, insubordination, absenteeism, sexual harassment, assault and being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

These details were presented by Premier Zweli Mkhize in the legislature yesterday in response to a parliamentary question by the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The three departments with the highest number of transgressions are Health (556), Education (443) and Transport (96).

Mkhize said investigations into the cases should have been completed within three months, but 331 cases have taken longer because of delays in the investigation process, contestation or cost-cutting measures.

He said steps are being taken to eliminate the delays.

The IFP’s Roman Liptak said it is not good enough that only 88 out of 909 cases have led to officials being suspended and that none is facing civil or criminal action.

A reason for the delays is that some departments do not have enough presiding officers to deal with cases, he said. Education, for example, has only 10 officers.

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