Disciplinary Action against Officials within the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2005 until 30 September 2008

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

 FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 1816

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 31 OF 17 OCTOBER 2008

Mr A J LEON (DA) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:

(1) Whether any disciplinary action was taken against officials in her department (a) in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007 and (b) during the period 1 January 2008 up to 30 September 2008; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) how many instances of disciplinary action occurred, (ii) what was the rank/position of each official against whom disciplinary action was taken, (iii) what was the transgression and (iv) what disciplinary action was taken?

REPLY:

(1)(a) (i) Yes, in the 2005/2006 Financial Year, 27 disciplinary actions were taken against officials in the Department.

(ii) Yes, in 2006/2007 Financial Year, 12 disciplinary actions were taken against officials in the Department.
  
(iii) Yes, in April 2007 to December 2007, 18 disciplinary actions were taken against officials in the Department.

(b) During the period 1 January 2008 up to 30 September 2008,  23 cases were handled as tabulated below:

Number(i)

Rank(ii)

Nature of misconduct (iii)

Disciplinary action taken (iv)

1

Director

Four charges of insubordination, two charges of bringing the Department into disrepute, one charge of disrespectful conduct, one charge of making false accusation and misrepresentation and one charge of dishonest conduct.

Final Written Warning and a recall to Head Office.

2

Assistant Director

Absenteeism

Retired

3

Director

Failure to follow Treasury Regulations and misrepresentation.

One month suspension without pay

4

Corporate Services Manager

Failure to follow Departmental procedures in procuring goods, misrepresentation, and failure to follow instructions

Dismissal

5

Senior Foreign Service Officer

Absenteeism

Final Written Warning coupled with counselling

6

Senior Foreign Service Officer(1st Political Secretary)

Insolent behaviour and abusive language

Final Written Warning and one month suspension without pay

7

Security Officer

Alleged fighting

Written Warning

8

Assistant Director

Alleged domestic violence

Written warning, grounded for 2 years at Head Office and counselling but appeal pending.

9

Assistant Director

Absenteeism

Final Written Warning

10

Driver

Abuse of alcohol

Warning

11

Director

Allegations of insubordination, failure to follow Treasury Regulations and the  including insubordination and failure to follow treasury regulations

Found not guilty

12

Deputy Director

Alleged poor performance

Not charged for misconduct, but referred for incapacity.

13

Deputy Director

Alleged Misrepresentation and negligence

Case withdrawn

14

Cleaner

Alleged theft

Not charged for misconduct due to insufficient evidence

15

Cleaner

Alleged theft

Not charged for misconduct due to insufficient evidence

16

Driver

Misuse of government petrol card

Suspension without pay for one month, and repayment of the loss to Department

17

Assistant Director

Failure to follow treasury regulations and other prescripts

Found not guilty

18

Driver

Absenteeism

Found not guilty

19

SASO

Absenteeism

Case withdrawn

20

Security Officer

Absenteeism

Dismissal

21

Cleaner

Assault

Dismissal

22

Security Officer

Absenteeism

Dismissal

23

Senior Foreign Affairs Officer

Alleged insolence or disrespectful conduct towards the supervisor

Dismissed but appeal pending.

 

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