Status on the Diplomatic Officials being recalled, suspended or employment contracts being terminated due to misconduct; during the past Five Financial Years by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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Question no: 850 (NW926E)

Mr KS Mubu (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

  1. In respect of the past five financial years, how many diplomatic officials  (a) have been (i) recalled and (ii) suspended or (b) had their employment contracts terminated due to misconduct;

  2. (a) who are these officials, (b) what was the nature of their position, (c) where were they based and (d) what were the reasons for above action taken against them?

Reply:

  1. In respect of the past five financial years (a) (i) twenty four diplomatic officials have been recalled (ii) two suspended and (b) seven had their employment contracts terminated due to misconduct.

  2. Names and details of officials unfortunately cannot be furnished because of legal implications as the information is confidential.  As some of the cases are at different levels of the legal process, DIRCO could be held liable for defamation should names be published.

Our Human Resources Branch, however, is willing to meet with Hon Mubu to discuss cases, should it be required.  Disclosure of names may have legal implications for DIRCO.

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