Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Mr Senzo Mchunu

The Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Honorable Senzo Mchunu, MP, has gazetted a new version of the Z83 application form for employment in the public service. This form will come to effect on 1 January 2020.

The new version will have a different layout and smaller font to cram in demands for much more detailed information and a section on personal information has been significantly and pointedly extended.

The new questions to be answered by the applicants when applying for jobs with public Service include the following:

  • Have you been convicted or found guilty of a criminal offense (including an admission of guilt)?
  • Do you have any pending criminal case against you?
  • Have you ever been dismissed for misconduct from the Public Service?
  • Do you have any pending disciplinary case against you?
  • Have you resigned from a recent job pending any disciplinary proceeding against you?
  • Are you conducting business with the State or are you a Director of a Public or Private company conducting business with the State?

It important to note that those who indicate business dealings with the state will have an extra yes or no question to answer, on whether they will “immediately relinquish such business interests.

Those previously dismissed from public service, or who resigned before disciplinary hearings, this will only count against them “if it directly relates to the requirements of the position”.

But criminal records, and pending matters, will be considered in terms of internal security and disciplinary codes.