KZN: 1?291?officials in trouble

2011-08-31 00:00

RESPONDING to a parliamentary question from the Inkatha Freedom Party’s shadow MEC for finance, Roman Liptak, the office of the Premier disclosed recently that 1 129 KZN civil servants are facing disciplinary action.

This compares with to 909 cases prior to the appointment of former KZN Judge President Vuka Tshabalala in February to expedite disciplinary cases in the provincial government.

The number of civil servants on suspension stands at 72, down from 88 before Tshabalala’s appointment.

The cases under way relate to social grant misconduct (360), fraud/theft (198), absenteeism (112), misuse of state property (101), insubordination (74), assault (33), sexual harassment (28), alcohol and substance abuse (25), and other types of misconduct (198).

“These numbers are woefully low given the size of the province’s civil service, while the progress in the resolution of disciplinary cases that have been instituted against errant government officials remains negligible,” said Liptak.

The response lists only eight cases that have resulted in prosecutions, of which seven refer to criminal prosecutions and one to a civil matter. — Witness Reporter.

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