Close to 500 public servants on suspension

By Drum Digital
28 September 2014

In the over 500 some were suspended without pay.

Just under 500 outstanding cases of public servants suspended for disciplinary reasons have been recorded so far on government's new centralised database, Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane said today.

This was the total to date of the cases sent to the database from the country's 156 national and provincial departments, he told reporters in Pretoria.

Chabane said it could be a "fraction" of the final total.

"I have been trying to avoid figures... [which] could just be a fraction or portion of what it's supposed to be, but what is in our database, which has been gleaned from the various departments, both at national and provincial level... is between 473 and 480 cases."

These were cases of people who had been suspended, both with and without pay. A detailed breakdown of the cases had not yet been done.

Chabane emphasised that the database was still being built, and information still coming in from departments.

Earlier, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba noted that Cabinet had recently approved the creation of a pool of labour relations and legal experts "to deal with all backlog cases on precautionary suspensions in the public service".

Chabane said the outstanding cases would be finalised "as soon as possible"

Source: Sapa

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