Status on Reasons of the Dismissal of a Person from the Service
of the South African Embassy in the Netherlands
QUESTION NO: PQ440
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL
QUESTION PAPER NO N490E OF 19 MAY 2006
MR W D SPIES (FF Plus) TO
ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Whether a certain person (name
furnished) was given reasons for his dismissal from the service of the South African
Embassy in the Netherlands; if so. (a) when was he notified of this and (b) what
where the reasons;
(2) Whether the said person appeared before a disciplinary
committee; if so,
(3) Whether this person was notified beforehand that
he would have to appear before such committee; if not; why not; if so, when;
(4) Whether the said person was allowed to have a representative at the hearing;
if not, why not;
if so, who was the representative? N490E
Yes, the official was given reasons for his dismissal from the service of the
South African Embassy in The Hague; (a) he was notified by registered letter dated
10 March 2006; and (b) the reasons for the dismissal were insubordination, poor
work performance and that his actions prejudiced the administration, discipline
and efficiency of the Embassy.
- No, in terms of Dutch law, which
applies to the employer-employee relationship, employers are not required to hold
a disciplinary hearing.
- Yes, the official was informed of the
allegations against him in a letter, dated 3 February 2006, and invited to attend
an Embassy management meeting in order to present his version on the allegations.
This meeting, chaired by the Counsellor (Multilateral) of the Embassy, was held
on 9 March 2006.
- No, since the Embassy management meeting did
not constitute a disciplinary hearing, it was not deemed necessary for the official
to be represented by a legal representative.