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500 public servant disciplinary cases outstanding

Just under 500 outstanding public servants' discilinary cases have been recorded.

FILE: Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane says this is the total number of cases to date. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Government's new centralised database has recorded just under 500 outstanding cases of public servants suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane says this is the total number of cases to date, sent to the database from the country's national and provincial departments.

Chabane emphasised that the database is still being built and information is still coming in from departments.

Cabinet had recently approved the creation of a pool of labour relations and legal experts to deal with backlog cases on precautionary suspensions in the public service.

Department spokesperson Brent Simon says, "You cannot have people suspended for long periods earning a public service salary. Therefore, we need to do something to expedite and deal with these cases so we can reach conclusions."