The Human Resources and Corporate Administration Directorate has outlined a number of “concrete and immediate” steps that it recommends should be taken to verify...

The Human Resources and Corporate Administration Directorate has outlined a number of “concrete and immediate” steps that it recommends should be taken to verify the qualifications of municipal employees.

In a report to the Human Resources and Corporate Administration Committee that meets on Tuesday, the directorate says that Nelson Mandela Bay has been included in a list of municipalities that are being evaluated by the Public Service Commission.

This is in line with a recommendation by the Municipal Public Accounts Committee.

The aim of the evaluation is “to assess the extent to which qualification verification procedures are applied as part of the recruitment process”.

The directorate plans to “formulate detailed and specific qualification verification guidelines” that will inter alia provide for the bulk verification of qualification for in-service employees “on a periodic or phased basis depending on the availability of resources”.

It says that in the medium to long term “a concerted effort is required to inculcate a culture of integrity and compliance for both in-service and would-be applicants so that a culture of zero tolerance for fraudulent qualification is maintained”.

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