The DA wants the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) to investigate why 35% of senior managers employed as public servants in national, and provincial departments do not have the required qualifications for the positions they occupy.
This follows Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu’s reply to a parliamentary question by the DA’s Michéle Clarke, MP and spokesperson on public enterprises in which he revealed that of the 9477 senior managers listed on the personnel and salary system, 3301 did not have the required qualifications. Of these, 1987 officials are employed in national departments.
“The DA will write to Scopa to request an investigation regarding the fact that nearly 35% of senior managers employed by national and provincial departments do not have the required qualifications and credentials for the positions they currently occupy,” said Clarke.
She said middle management positions in national government normally pay between R779 802 and R922 750 annually, with senior management earning between R1 078 267 and R1 974 067, depending on their level of employment.
The main culprits are the Departments of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development with 227 senior managers, police with 228, justice and constitutional development with 189, Trade, Industry and Competition with 128, and Environment, Forestry and Fisheries with 107 who do not have the necessary qualifications.
“How much longer must South Africa suffer under this incompetence? Some of these are key to the country’s economic and food security, yet cadre deployment is more important to the ANC government than good governance and the well-being of its people.
“The DA’s End Cadre Deployment Bill (formally called the Public Administration Laws General Amendment Bill) seeks to enforce the appointment of civil servants to be wholly based on merit and not political loyalty. Our Bill was recently published in the government gazette for public comment. We invite South Africans to read and comment on the Bill,” said Clarke.
Mchunu said out of a total of 4028 senior managers who were currently employed at various provincial government departments, 1314 of them did not have the required qualifications.
“In order to rectify this situation, a directive on compulsory capacity development, mandatory training days and minimum entry requirements for senior managers was issued to departments with effect from April 1, 2017… it is therefore compulsory for the identified development needs of senior managers to be reflected in their performance agreements as personal development plans” said Mchunu.
"Departments must ensure that such developmental needs are addressed through ensuring that sufficient funding is made available for such interventions"