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Govt needs whites - DA
Tue, 08 Dec 2009 12:12 AM
The use of racial criteria to appoint state employees has caused
a massive level of vacancies in state departments, a Democratic
Alliance research report has found.
Party MP Anchen Dreyer said on releasing the report at a press
briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday that there were currently 36 588
vacant posts in 29 departments and that the government's
affirmative action policies were largely to blame.
"Since the filling of vacancies is based on racial criteria
prescribed in laws such as the Employment Equity Act, thousands of
competent citizens from so-called racial of ethnic minorities
either leave the civil service or are not even considered for
appointments," Dreyer said.
The vacancy levels, which increased by 3300 in 2009, were
impacting on the government's ability to deliver crucial services
to the public.
Home affairs was the worst off department, with a 29.8 percent
vacancy rate, followed by communications with 28.7 percent.
"The ability of these departments to deliver on their mandates
is significantly undermined by this acute skills deficit," Dreyer
It was taking on average 20 months to fill posts in the civil service. This long period was related to the ineffective
recruitment and appointment procedures followed by most civil
Dreyer said the biggest constraint to solving the skills crisis was the state of the country's education system.
"The problem is evident not just in those institutions
specifically designed to equip people with the advanced skills and
training needed to secure employment in the market, but the
country's primary and secondary education institutions as well.
"It the situation is to be turned around, this fundamental
problem needs to be addressed."
However, some departments, such as transport, had fared far better than others by reducing its vacancy level to 10 percent.
"They must be doing something right, which should be replicated by other departments," Dreyer said.