Status on Reasons of the Dismissal of a Person from the Service of the South African Embassy in the Netherlands

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

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

REPLY:

  1. 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.

  2. No, in terms of Dutch law, which applies to the employer-employee relationship, employers are not required to hold a disciplinary hearing.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
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