Gauteng crippled by staff shortage: DA
Johannesburg - The Gauteng social development department is "crippled" by staff shortages in critical posts, the DA in the province said on Wednesday.
"There are 303 vacancies for social workers out of 1 115 posts [27% vacancy rate] and 46 nurse vacancies [31%] out of 147 nursing posts," Democratic Alliance social development spokesperson Rika Kruger said in a statement.
"This is resulting in severely negative consequences for the children and the elderly who are dependent on state support."
There was a 41% vacancy rate for senior management services positions, with 16 unfilled positions out of 39 posts. Only two out of seven clinical psychologist posts were filled.
The figures were revealed in the Gauteng health and social development department's Fourth Quarterly Report.
Kruger said the problem had been going on for years.
It meant children were not placed in foster care soon enough, and problems in old age homes were not being investigated properly.
"I cannot believe that there are no candidates for social work who can be suitably trained.
"The failure of the department to spend its budget properly is hitting the most vulnerable in our society hard," Kruger said.
The department was not immediately available for comment.