Central database for public service disciplinary cases

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

Government has established a central database of disciplinary cases in the public service in order to speed up the resolution of cases.

Speaking during the Governance and Administration Cluster briefing in Pretoria on Sunday, Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane said disciplinary cases were the responsibility of various national and provincial departments and as such previously there was not a central database where cases were managed.

Minister Chabane said the department was faced with cases where employees were suspended for long periods without their cases being resolved.

“I have been trying to avoid figures... (which) could just be a fraction or portion of what it's supposed to be, but what is in our database, which has been gleaned from the various departments, both at national and provincial level... is between 473 and 480 cases,” he told reporters.

These were cases of people who had been suspended, both with and without pay. A detailed breakdown of the cases had not yet been done.

He said that the department had undertaken a process of building a database to collect information about all disciplinary cases which lie in various provinces and departments.

In future, all cases in all spheres of government will be registered so the department is able to monitor their life cycle - who has been fired, who has been suspended and who has received a warning - on the system.

Added to this, Cabinet has approved the establishment of a pool of human resources practitioners and legal experts from various departments to assist in dealing with the backlog of cases.

The specialists are state employees and there will be no extra cost to the state in speedily resolving the outstanding cases.

The project will run for six months and will thereafter be reviewed.

The DPSA has also developed sanctioning and precautionary suspension guidelines which are to go before Cabinet for consideration.

The precautionary suspension guide is intended to ensure that employees are only suspended in appropriate circumstances. – SAnews.gov.za

Photo caption: Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane. Image: Destinyman.