Eight dismissed at labour ministry in 3 years


Parliament learnt yesterday that eight people were dismissed from the Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development since 2017.

The minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, Tshenolo Mabeo said out of the eight, two were at D band, three at C band and three at B band. 

This came after the MP for Selebi-Phikwe West constituency Dithapelo Keorapetse wanted to know the number of people who have resigned, been dismissed, suspended, warned or appeared for disciplinary hearings in the ministry since 2017 to date, and their salary scale levels. 

“Reasons for dismissal ranged from willful neglect of duty, dishonesty, corruption, soliciting bribery from customers, falsifying receipts, refusal of transfer, desertion and absconding from duty which are all in contravention of the public service act provisions.

Two officers at D and C bands are on suspension for allegations of corruption and involvement in commissioning of an offence.  The officers are on suspension pending investigation,” Mabeo said. 

The minister said officers who have been warned were three and of the three, one is a C band officer warned by senior management at department of labour and social security, one a C band officer warned by senior management at Department of Occupational Health and Safety, and one other C band officer warned by senior management at the Department of Skills Development. 

He said three officers were warned for habitual absenteeism and acts of theft. 

Mabeo revealed that eight officers have appeared for disciplinary hearing since 2017 to date and the reasons for disciplinary hearings were falsifying records, habitual absenteeism, and causing an accident with a government vehicle. 

He continued: “Five employees of the ministry have lodged trade disputes with the labour office. The disputes involve allegations of delayed progression, payment of scarce skills allowance, and payment for retrospective acting appointment. My ministry does not have a record of officers who have gone to Office of the President with complaints.

The number of officers lodged cases in the High Court is seven. The reasons for the cases involve claim of payment of scarce skills allowance, delayed progression, delayed payment of workers compensation, and caretaking allowance.”

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