MEDIA STATEMENTS

Govt gets experts to fast-track disciplinary hearings

Date: 24 May 2017

In an efforts to play fair and open cards, government has established a pool of experts to support departments by making available chairpersons, investigators and employers representatives to be used in disciplinary hearings.

The announcement was made by Public Service and Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi while tabling her budget vote speech in the Old National Assembly Chamber in Cape Town on Wednesday.

“In this regard, the DPSA has received 38 request for assistance and 97 experts were signed. As part of the Medium Term Strategic Framework, government has identified the management of discipline as one of the priority indicators.

“The intention is to reduce the period it takes to resolve disciplinary cases from the baseline of 134 days in April 2015 to 90 days in by April 2019. Of the 10 754 cases analysed, as at 31 March 2017, the medium number of days taken to resolve disciplinary case’s was 61 days.

“Notably six of the nine provincial administrations were below 90 days. The medium for National Departments was 91 days .We will continue working to support departments that are above the medium,” she said.

According to Minister Muthambi, a major concern for government is the role of departments in capturing, updating and maintaining the required information, with regard to discipline management, on the Persal system.

“Steps will be put in place to ensure that all departments capture and regularly update information on Persal. We are seeking to promote an integrity driven public service in the footsteps of OR Tambo.

“To complement these efforts, on Friday last week we revived the National Anti-Corruption Forum, which is duly constituted by government, business and civil society to coordinate sectoral strategies in the fight against corruption

These efforts will be complemented by further action in relation to the vexing challenge of non-submission of financial disclosure forms by the due date 31 May.

“In the 2016/17 financial year five provinces and 35 national Departments achieved 100% submission rate of financial disclosure forms.

“In the financial year that ended up on the 30th of April 2016, 92% of senior managers filed their disclosures on time.

“The introduction of the eDisclosure, an electronic format of submitting financial disclosures has assisted in increasing compliance rate,” said the Minister.

Muthambi presented the budget vote with overall allocations of R 456 919 million rand to the Department of Public Service and Administration; Public Service Commission gets an allocation of R345 664 million, National School of Government gets R160 506 million whilst the Centre for Public Service Innovation gets R345 055 million.

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For more information contact Departmental Spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba @ 082 885 9448.

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Ministry of Public Service and Administration


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