by Adv Boitumelo Babuseng MPL – DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Affairs
Date: 11 June 2017
Type: Press Statement
The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) recently unlawfully created and filled the position of Chief Executive Officer, without it being advertised.
In terms of the Public Service Act, the head of a Provincial Government Department is effectively the Chief Executive Officer and, by law, a government department cannot have two Chief Accounting Officers.
Not only does neither the current, nor the revised, organogram of the department make provision for such an irregular post to be established, but no advertisements were placed before the appointment was made.
It is now the third time in six months that the department has ignored the basic employment policies of public service.
The DA has made submissions to the DEDT requesting that it provides clarification on this latest development.
We want the Department to provide clarity on this dubious appointment before we can refer the matter to the Public Service Commission and/or the Public Protector for possible investigation.
We are very interested to know if the Department received approval from both the Northern Cape Provincial Treasury and the Office of the Premier before the appointment was made?
In terms of the moratorium on the filling of vacancies, Treasury and the Office of the Premier must first agree to the necessity of the post before a position can be filled.
It is highly questionable that the department wants to appoint yet another highly paid senior official when, by its own admission, it lacks the staff to deliver on its core mandate and strategic outcomes.
The DA will not stand by while government departments are turned into feeding troughs for cadres. Appointments should only be made to help improve service delivery.
Adv Boitumelo Babuseng MPL
DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Affairs
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