State work­ers must dis­close crimes

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Ja­cob Melusi Motha has not been the only con­vict to work in the pub­lic ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) back in 2009 — the last time an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was done — there were 223 per­ma­nently em­ployed pub­lic ser­vants with crim­i­nal records. Of this num­ber, 22% were women. Of the 166 pub­lic ser­vants with crim­i­nal records em­ployed in na­tional de­part­ments, the trea­sury em­ployed the high­est num­ber (49), fol­lowed by the depart­ment of cor­rec­tional ser­vices.

The PSC has not up­dated their num­bers since 2009 but reg­u­la­tions ap­ply­ing to govern­ment and North­west Trans­port In­vest­ments are clear: if you have a crim­i­nal record you have to dis­close.

Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment of pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion, a can­di­date will be sub­jected to a per­son­nel suit­abil­ity check be­fore an ap­point­ment. “Ap­pli­cants are re­quired to com­plete the pre­scribed Z83 ap­pli­ca­tion form. The Z83 form has a spe­cific sec­tion that must be com­pleted by ap­pli­cants, which re­quires the ap­pli­cant to spec­ify whether he/she had been con­victed of a crim­i­nal of­fence or dis­missed from em­ploy­ment.” —

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