DA wants probe into cops sick leave abuse

2012-02-15 22:40

Cape Town -The DA will ask the public service commission (PSC) to do a full investigation into the widespread abuse of sick leave by police officers, MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said on Wednesday.

She said "serial absenteeism" by police officers who abused their basic right to sick leave was undermining efforts to combat and prevent crime.

"Not only that, but it is a slap in the face to the many brave and hard-working police officers who put their lives on the line to keep South Africans safe," she said.

Kohler Barnard said that in terms of section 196 of the Constitution, the PSC had the power to investigate the personnel practices of the public service and propose measures to ensure effective and efficient performance.

She said it was becoming increasingly evident that the police management had neither the ability nor the will to effectively deal with the abuse of sick leave.

"An impartial and independent body like the PSC should therefore intervene to ensure that the basic values and principles governing public administration and service as outlined in our Constitution are complied with in the SAPS."

Kohler Barnard said the abuse of sick leave had been identified as the number one risk to the SA Police Service.

The worst police stations included Maitland in the Western Cape, where 85 staff took 6 579 sick days in one year at an average of 77.2 days each, and Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal, where 39 staff took 1 337 sick days at an average of 34.73.

  • Myvision - 2012-02-15 23:26

    I wonder if the ANC would be accused of sending bogus doctors to the WC

      marina.poniatowska - 2012-02-16 00:05

      Don't be pathetic.

      Juan - 2012-02-16 01:50

      Where in the article was the ANC even mentioned? So you think abuse of sick leave is a good thing?

      Winston - 2012-02-16 07:37

      very good point!

      Patsy - 2012-02-16 11:34

      It always HAS to be political with some people, hasn't it? Or racist? Or because of the previous regime? One thing even you must admit myancmyfuture, they may have been bad, but our crime statistics were a quarter of what they are now. For heavens sake get past your issues and think logically.

  • Max - 2012-02-16 04:49

    Something is seriously wrong with these figures. A government official only gets something like 35 days of sick leave over a period of 3 years. This implies that most of the leave they took was unpaid leave which I do not believe for a minute.

      Kim - 2012-02-16 06:24

      The Basic Conditions state 36 sick leave days in a 3 year cycle. This is Basic policies being abused AGAIN. Anything in excess should be unpaid. This is blatant abuse and again unfortunately the tax payer coughs up.

      Sharon - 2012-02-16 07:29

      Maybe they should review all leave taken - annual, sick, family responsibility and paternity leave. If people abuse one, who is to say they don't abuse others?

      Kgomotso Malatswana - 2012-02-16 08:02

      each member is only allocated 36 days sick leave for three years.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-16 05:32

    Do as most companies do, no work no pay...its amazing how many "sick people" come to work

  • Wayne - 2012-02-16 06:26

    I wonder how many were on Mondays, Fridays or either side of a public holiday!

  • anthro45 - 2012-02-16 07:02

    Do anybody think that these useless lot took the job to do some actual work? It is just another way of corruption. I will get a job for my uneducated croney, but he won't have to do anything for his salary. How do you think ministers get their appointments? Because they are compitent and hard working? Come on.

  • Treatwell Trey - 2012-02-16 07:14

    Sick days are there to be used the DA is just full of it, so what now cops must not get sick? And the figure are exaggerated news24 must get your facts straight

      Robsschele - 2012-02-16 07:46

      Sick leave is there to assist you when you are really sick. You do not take it if you are NOT sick. That is why you get it over a 3 year cycle. One year you might go through without being sick, maybe a day or two but then the next year you might hurt yourself seriously in a car accident on holiday or a weekend and then you need the long leave. It's not there to be abused. Whoever approved these sick leave should be held accountable.

      Patsy - 2012-02-16 11:38

      Try not to be blinkered all your life TT...... Think logically and NOT politically. Yes, sick days are there to be used IF YOU ARE SICK - not otherwise.

  • Winston - 2012-02-16 07:54

    until people wake up to the realization that this country is filled with"bogus"doctors the country will remain sick. There are many "doctors"who are not trained but operate as such. eg The doctors who diagnosed shabir shaik, jackie selebi, and the many many unknown non celebrities like our policemen etc. It's the doctors who should have their credentials checked and once a year have a skills test, because there are many doctors that I dont believe even know how to check for blood pressure or even read a thermometer. I am refering to previous and current advanteged.

      Patsy - 2012-02-16 11:39

      Interesting point, Winston. One could also check to see what expensive presents have been received recently.......

  • Eric - 2012-02-16 08:04

    85 staff at one Police station like Maitland. I do not believe they even have that many staff so something is seriously wrong with this investigation. Maitland is a tiny police stationand does not even come near Bellville or Milnerton.

      Jenecequa - 2012-02-16 08:41

      simple answer, they are never there all 85 as most of them take sick leave !

  • Jane-francis - 2012-02-16 14:00

    My thought that this isnt sick leave but "sick and tired" leave from no structures, no support, no training, no training. High levels of stress are worldwide answer to abuse of sick leave at work. Improve their working conditions, pay and support and you might fing they want to come to work!

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