Govt to speed up resolution of civil disciplinary cases

Govt says there's no need to change labour laws to deal more speedily with errant civil servants.

FILE: Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - There's no need to change labour laws to deal more speedily with errant civil servants, Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane said on Tuesday.

He says the government is working on speeding up the resolution of disciplinary cases and dealing with the backlog.

Chabane says the problem is not with labour laws or procedures but with a lack of management skills in the public service.

"Once we can get managers who are managing their areas of work, we should be able to fast-track some of these things. It's just a management issue not a legal issue."

The government is setting up a central system to speed up disciplinary cases against state employees.

Many civil servants spend months if not years suspended on full pay, draining state coffers while their disciplinary cases drag on.

Chabane says the new system will focus on dealing with the backlog of disciplinary cases.

He says labour laws or procedures are not the problem when it comes to disciplining errant public servants.

"The system is perfect, the system is democratic, and the system affords everybody the opportunity to do that. The problem which we face is management, is that we are not managing, managers are not managing."

Chabane says his department's setting up a central pool of labour and legal experts to deal with the backlog of disciplinary cases.

He says it should start work next month.