The “irregular and suspiciously fraudulent” sick leave in the provincial government system

Eastern Cape government has more than 30 000 public servants who are still getting paid their monthly salaries while sitting at home on prolonged sick leave, with some having been away from work for more than six years.

A human resources report tabled in yesterday’s executive council (Exco) meeting showed that 32 000 public servants were on extended sick leave of between 96 days and six years.

Provincial spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said Premier Phumulo Masualle had also said he would establish a task team to investigate the irregular and suspiciously fraudulent sick leave in the provincial government system.

According to human resources policy and practices, employees who are sickly and not fit to work for prolonged periods should be granted medical boarding or resign so that space is opened for new young, healthy employees, Kupelo said.

That team will also assist in investigating and management of irregular and suspiciously fraudulent sick leave in the system.

 

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source:http://www.heraldlive.co.za/30-000-sick-eastern-cape-public-servants-still-paid/accessed26/02/2016

Are these the acts of students or barbarians?

I supported the #feesmustfall protest, I particularly respected the manner in which it was conducted – encompassing the diversity from varying backgrounds and the negotiations which led to reform. However, I believe that many are now attempting to boycott this type of “protest vehicle” and use it to the furtherance of their political agenda. A specific political party (to which I will refrain from mentioning) is using the students as mere pawns.

I supported the #feesmustfall protest, I particularly respected the manner in which it was conducted – encompassing the diversity from varying backgrounds and the negotiations which led to reform. However, I believe that many are now attempting to boycott this type of “protest vehicle” and use it to the furtherance of their political agenda. A specific political party (to which I will refrain from mentioning) is using the students as mere pawns.

Student protests should be encouraged however management must respond decisively as it appears that the Media adds fuel to this fire by marketing the protesters grievances and displaying uncivilised behaviour thus giving rise to other national supporters. Therefore, governing bodies should be ready to act swiftly and expel and prosecute those who are participating in criminal damage to their property.

We have a duty to call the burning down and violent protests as acts of barbarianism and not that of the educated. Their lack of creativity and originality in order to make headlines shows that the heritage of their country is secondary in comparison to their demands – hence burning and destroying of our historical buildings and paintings. It’s cheap and its spine chilling to come to realise that these vandals will soon be in places of leadership. We should not support any student destructive protests which are politically motivated by politicians.

 

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picture source: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/north-west-university-in-south-africa-closed-indefinitely-after-students-burn-buildings-in-council-a6895281.htmlaccessed26/02/16