Chairperson, the Department for the Public Service and Administration monitors public servants who have been suspended and/or dismissed from the Public Service for misconduct. We gather this information from relevant departments upon request. We have since developed a reporting template where all departments will provide information through the Persal system.
According to the information received from Persal in the past three years, 2 922 employees have been suspended and 149 were dismissed. The employees that were suspended or dismissed were charged for the following reasons: failure to comply with or contravening an Act, regulations and legal obligations; deliberate mismanagement of state finances; theft, bribery or fraud; insubordination, absenteeism from work without reason or permission; accepting compensation without written approval from the employer; sexual harassment, discrimination, sleeping on duty; contravening the code of conduct; assault, attempts to or threatening to assault a person; intimidation and victimisation of fellow employees; and the violation of common law or committing a statutory offence while on state premises.
During the period under review, 379 misconduct cases were committed by officials at the level of chief director and above.