ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by: Leanno Makhalemele
President Cyril Ramaphisa has placed Director-General of PSC Dr. Dovhani Mamphiswana on precautionary suspension following a probe into Mamphiswana’s alleged misuse of power.
Mamphiswana had allegedly chaired a panel which recommended the appointment of the mother of his child as a chief director for professional ethics.
The President informed the Director-General on Thursday, 06 August 2020 that the suspension, with full pay, takes effect immediately.
The President’s suspension of the Director-General does not in any way constitute a judgment on the part of the President.
This is a precautionary suspension in terms of the Disciplinary Code and Procedures for Members of the Senior Management Services (SMS) contained in Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook for the public service.
I see Bonnie and Clyde is still going to be around for some time. The Govt has a tendency to kick the can down the road.— Ricardo Mackenzie (@ricardomackenzi) July 19, 2020
“The Presidency and DPSA are not following legal advice to suspend Public Service Commission DG Dovhani Mamphiswana” 😫 pic.twitter.com/GaI8imnT08
In terms of a Presidential Minute dated 27 February 2020, the President delegated to the Minister of Public Service and Administration the power to investigate if there was any improper conduct during the filling of a vacancy within the Department.
A report on the investigation was presented to the President in his capacity as the Executive Authority designated by law to deal with career incidents, including disciplinary matters, pertaining to Directors-General.
The report submitted to the President has recommended that the President institute formal disciplinary action against Dr Mamphiswana.
NEWS IN: President @CyrilRamaphosa has placed Public Service Commission Director General Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana on precautionary suspension with immediate effect.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 12, 2020
Disciplinary proceedings to commence. @BongaDlulane pic.twitter.com/zpfK1L1sDV
The President subsequently advised the Director-General of his intention to place him on precautionary suspension.
Following written representations by Dr Mamphiswana, the President decided to proceed with the precautionary suspension.
The President has, in terms of Section 42A(3)(a) and relevant provisions of the Public Service Act, delegated to the Minister for Public Service and Administration the power to:
Initiate disciplinary processes against the Director-General in terms of the Disciplinary Code applicable to heads of department as envisaged in Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook;
Deal with all matters pertaining to the disciplinary hearing and its outcome, including, but not limited to – in the event of a guilty finding at the hearing – the implementation of the sanction pronounced by the chairperson at the hearing.
Government is taking decisive action not only to safeguard COVID-19 funds but also to strengthen our response against the broader problem of corruption in our society. Read more in the weekly message from President @CyrilRamaphosa: https://t.co/c8vactzLaZ pic.twitter.com/yYeq4PloSJ— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) August 7, 2020
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