Call to stop resigning to escape law

The resignations of public servants facing charges should be declined. This was suggested by Parliament's standing committee on public accounts yesterday, saying public servants should not resign to escape charges.

The resignations of public servants facing charges should be declined. This was suggested by Parliament's standing committee on public accounts yesterday, saying public servants should not resign to escape charges.

Resignations must only be accepted when disciplinary proceedings are concluded.

This follows the decision by Minister of Social Development, Edna Molewa to reject the resignation of the chief executive of the SA Social Security Agency Fezile Makiwane because he is facing charges of a R11million tender irregularity.

Makiwane, who has been on paid special leave since July last year, resigned on January 29 but Molewa rejected his resignation, saying that according to his employment contract, he is supposed to serve three months' notice. The department's chief financial officer, Coceko Pakase, has been acting head of the agency since.

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi said the practice in the civil service all along has been that when senior officials faced charges, they simply resign and it all ends there.

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