De Lille clears house at Public Works

Over a hundred senior and middle managers in the Public Works Department could lose their jobs. Minister Patricia de Lille has approached the Labour Court to have the appointments of 12 senior managers declared invalid, and more could follow. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Over a hundred senior and middle managers in the Public Works Department could lose their jobs.

Minister Patricia de Lille has approached the Labour Court to have the appointments of 12 senior managers declared invalid, and more could follow.

But the Public Service Union says she’s going about this the wrong way.

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De Lille is set to act on an investigation of 688 appointments requested by her predecessor, Thulas Nxesi.

The Public Service Commission has found that 12 senior managers were irregularly appointed dating back to 2017.

De Lille says they have to go.

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“We are simply following the law. What was done is illegal. We are all subject to the law. There are many qualified people who can’t find jobs. So it’s also a matter of fairness about getting people into government who can do the job or can deliver on service delivery.”

A second phase of the Public Service Commission has found that 94 middle managers were also wrongly appointed.

The Public Service Union says it will oppose attempts to remove its members from their posts if poor performance can’t be proven.

Source
eNCA