2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

DISMISSALS AS A RESULT OF MISCONDUCT  IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY SAM DE BEER, MP
SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The report by the Public Service Commission discussed this morning, in the Portfolio Committee, paints a dismal picture of the state in which the Public Service finds itself.

For the period 1996 to 1998 there were 2247 misconduct cases. 1170 of these cases  had not been finalised when the research was done. At this stage it is not known how  many officials' services have been suspended while their cases are still in progress. It is  also not known how many of these officials  are presently not working but are still receiving  their salaries. The financial implications of this situation can be far-reaching.

The willingness of the Public Service Commission to go further into this matter is appreciated. It is hoped that more detail can be provided as soon as possible in order  that the full extent of this situation can be determined and the necessary urgent measures be taken.

Enquiries:
Sam de Beer, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Public Service and Administration

Cape Town
17 May 2000