Minister slams DA for saying state was responsible for Uyinene's death

Minister slams DA for saying state was responsible for Uyinene's death

- Minister Senzo Mchunu has slammed DA MP Leon Schreiber for claiming Uyinene Mrwetyana's death was the fault of a collapsed Public Service

- Mchunu's response comes after a question posed to Parliament last month

- Mrwetyana had allegedly died at the hands of a Post Office employee with a prior record

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Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has slammed 'with 'serious concern reckless utterances' put forward over Uyinene Mrwetyana's murder.

DA Member of Parliament Dr Leon Schreiber claimed that the 19-year-old's death was a result of the collapsed Public Service system. reported that a Post Office worker was accused of the murder which claimed the life of the University of Cape Town student.

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In response to the allegations that the Public Service sector was responsible, Mchunu commented:

‘The Minister for the Public Service and Administration issued a Directive on compulsory elements to be checked as part of Personnel Suitability Checks (PSC) before a prospective employee can be appointed in the Public Service. Departments must consider this information, including criminal offences, when making an appointment.
"Employees of the Post Office are not appointed in terms of the Public Service Act and therefore the Directive issued by the Minister for the Public Service and Administration that personnel suitability checks to be conducted on prospective employees does not apply to Post Office Staff. However, the Minister concerned has taken action regarding the case in question and there have been consequences for all the parties involved."

Mchunu says that, bearing in mind the constitutional provisions which prevent an outright prohibition on employing persons with a criminal record, efforts are being made going forward.

The department has also set up the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit established in terms of the Public Administration Management Act, to support a number of initiatives to address such matters.

The minister is adamant that the DA should desist from being 'desperate and clutching at straws' in order to portray the Public Service as a 'picture of anarchy'.

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