Qualifications debacle: Govt has measures in place

President Jacob Zuma says measures are in place to deal with civil servants who falsify qualifications.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma says measures are in place to deal with civil servants who falsify qualifications. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says government has measures in place to ensure civil servants and other people who lie about their qualifications when applying for key state jobs are detected and punished accordingly.

This emerged in a Parliamentary reply to a question posed by political party, Congress of the People (Cope).

It recently emerged former minister Pallo Jordan lied about his academic qualifications.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota asked whether government has a clear policy on disqualifying applicants to key state positions if they've been caught falsifying qualifications or withholding damaging information.

He adds that this applies to individuals with criminal records or those who don't have their tax affairs in order.

In his response Zuma has explained that from 2008, government departments have had to conduct what he calls 'pre-employment verifications before they're considered.

These include criminal, financial and qualification background checks, where discrepancies are picked up and candidates are rejected.

In the president's reply, he states that all public servants are required to abide by a code of conduct.