Thousands of officials fired or suspended

2012-09-26 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Some public servants clearly believe it is acceptable to catch forty winks on the job or to assault others.

This appeared from a reply by Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to a parliamentary question by ANC MP Malesane Themba about how many public servants have been suspended or dismissed for misconduct.

Sisulu said nearly 3 000 public servants had been suspended and 149 given the sack over the past three years.

A total of 2 922 officials were suspended for, among other things, disregarding legislation, regulations or legal obligations, wilfully misspending state money, theft, bribery or fraud.

Others were charged with being absent from work without any reason or permission, or for accepting payment without written permission from the employer.

There were also complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, sleeping on the job, infringement of the code of conduct, assault or attempted or threatened assault, and intimidation of fellow workers. Sisulu did not specify the number of cases for these categories.

A total of 379 instances of misconduct were committed by officials at chief director’s level and higher.

In reply to another parliamentary question, Sisulu said that developing and improving the expertise of public servants was a priority of her department.

ANC MP Patrick Sibande wanted to know what measures were in place to ensure that public servants who were not properly qualified for their positions were receiving the necessary training.

Sisulu said the focus was on a white paper for the education and training of public servants and on developing a performance management system to ensure that only public servants who reached a certain performance threshold received salary increases.

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