Dr H C van Schalkwyk (DA to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
Whether there is a time limit within which disciplinary hearings in government departments must be concluded; if not, why not; if so, what is the average time it takes to resolve disciplinary hearings in government departments?NW41E
The disciplinary procedures (PSCBC Collective Agreement Resolution 1 of 2003 and the Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook) applicable in the public service do not prescribe the specific timeframe to resolve disciplinary hearings except with cases involving precautionary suspensions and appeals. The framework however states that the employer must hold a disciplinary hearing within a month or 60 days (depending on the complexity of the matter) where the employee is placed on precautionary suspension and that departments must finalise appeals within 30 days. This brings the time limit for the finalisation of such cases to 90 days.