Policy of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation regarding the employment of foreign nationals in South Africa’s foreign missions
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 132 (NW137E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 1-2017 OF 9 FEBRUARY 2017
Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
(1) What are the details of her department’s policy concerning the employment of foreign nationals in South Africa’s foreign missions;
(2) (a) how many foreign nationals are currently employed by each foreign mission and (b) in each case, (i) in which position are each of these foreign nationals employed and (ii) what (aa) qualifications and (bb) special skills does each person possess;
(3) did the mission conduct (a) background checks and (b) security clearance procedures on each specified foreign national; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW137E
(1) The Vienna Convention provides for the employment of country nationals, third country nationals and/or South African nationals at the various Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad, as support staff to the South African diplomats stationed in these missions and are employed in terms of the local legislation of the receiving state. Such employees are referred to as Locally Recruited Personnel (LRP).
(2) (a) 2049
b)(i) The LRP are employed in the following positions:
- Domestic Worker
- Registry Clerk
- Accountant/Assistant Accounts Clerk
- Consular Clerk
- Maintenance Officer
- Administrative Clerk/Officer
- Information Clerk
- Trade and Information Assistant
- Marketing Officer
(ii) (aa) Each post has minimum requirements based on employment legislation of the receiving state.
(bb) Post requirements and skills are determined by the level and competencies of the post.
(3) (a) Yes
(b) As part of recruitment and selection, all applicants are required to submit a police clearance certificate from the local authorities of the host country.