Sisulu: Civil servants not always civil

2012-09-26 08:52

Johannesburg - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has said that some civil servants find it acceptable to catch forty winks at work or to assault others, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

She was replying to a question in Parliament by ANC MP Malesane Themba about how many civil servants had been dismissed or fired because of misconduct.

According to Sisulu, nearly 3 000 civil servants were dismissed in the past three years, and 149 were fired, the newspaper reported.

She said 2 922 were dismissed because they either disregarded rules, regulations or legal obligations, deliberately squandered state funds, or were found guilty of theft, bribery or corruption.

Others were charged with absenteeism, or moonlighting without official permission.

Charges of sexual harassment, discrimination, being asleep on the job, intimidation of colleagues, contravening the civil service's code of conduct, and assaulting colleagues or threatening them with assault were also dealt with.

According to Beeld, Sisulu said a total of 379 incidents of misconduct were perpetrated by officials in senior management positions.

In answer to another question, Sisulu said the development and improvement of civil servants' competence was a priority for the department.

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  • trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-09-26 08:59

    Only 3000 wow, I am a BEE contender and haven't won a tender from government in 6months because I don't want to give bribes. I wont sell my soul.

      tw2066 - 2012-09-26 09:47

      Yep the consequences of "transformation" and BBBEE and AA become clear.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-09-26 11:48

      What is the difference between "dismissed" and "fired"?

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-26 09:08

    Please explain to me the difference between dismissed and fired. Is it the same as between suspended and displaced? Stop playing with words, and get rid of the deadwood, who only waits for the paycheque at the end of the month, and can't be bothered to stand up from behind a desk when members of the public enter a government office.

  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-09-26 09:10

    Air thieves.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-26 09:34

    Of course she's ignoring cabinet ministers, local and national politicians and assorted hangers-on, family members and wives and children - mainly because none of them have been caught yet.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-09-26 10:56

      Oh, they've been caught all right but their misdeeds have been forgiven or ignored. And then they're often redeployed, where presumably their new colleagues are not aware of their dodgy past and they can start the shenanigans all over again. Very lucrative business -- ie, being assured of perpetual employment.

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-09-26 09:48

    What about the members of parliament - who fall asleep during national assemblys- Its recorded on camera .

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-26 10:09

      It's okay for them. They make no greater contribution while awake than while asleep, anyway.

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-26 11:15

      Jurie - that is funny as hell - lmao! Sadly it is also TRUE.

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-26 12:24

      whether asleep or awake they don't contribute anything anyway.

  • croix.mactee - 2012-09-26 11:12

    Why aren't those guilty of theft, bribery & corruption not in JAIL? And why on earth must people in the department receive full pay and benefits while their "competencies" are still sub-standard and in need of improvement? Surely the dept only appoints staff with the required skills at the outset? What a fracking CIRCUS !!!

      Rica Schuurman - 2013-06-05 16:56

      Jails too full, friends with the terminally ill golfer? Who would know? If all civil servants were paid according to their productivity, the majority will have to pay back the larger portion of their salary! And what is the difference between being dismissed and being fired?

  • Johnson Robert - 2013-06-05 21:06

    you dont get fired just transferred to another Municipality or government department- dismissed and "re-instated elsewhere" Even Zumas friend who failed to serve his jail term, Jacky slebi ..... list continues

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