Patricia De Lille says her department has gone to court to have several irregular appointments set aside
- De Lille claims that almost 700 people were irregularly appointed in Department of Public Works between 2017 and 2018
- De Lille says these kinds of appointments, which ignore proper protocols, harm service delivery
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Minister of Public Works Patricia De Lille says that having unqualified people in high level positions "impacts severely on service delivery".
She made the statement during a new interview with Radio 702.
This comes as De Lille is going to the High Court to have several irregular appointments made in her department between 2017 and 2018 set aside.
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This follows the Public Service Commission's finding that 6 888 people had been irregularly appointed in the department, Briefly.co.za has gathered. De Lille's predecessor, Thula Nxesi, had asked the Commission to look into the matter.
In many of these appointments, proper protocols were not followed and due process was ignored. For example, in some cases successful candidates did not have the proper qualifications for the job or did not have proof of their qualifications.
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Additionally, according to the report, 12 out 37 senior positions were held by individuals who had been irregularly appointed. As a result, the department has gone to Labour Court in attempt to have these appointments taken under review.
They are currently waiting for the court to make its ruling.
De Lille says that the commission will also review middle management appointments and then look into appointments made regarding lower-level positions in the department.
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