Minister Fritz Makes Statement on Employee's Arrest
Media Statement by Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development
It has been brought to my attention that a senior official in my department was arrested last year on a charge of possession of illegal substances.
I have taken legal advice on the matter and have decided on the following course of action:
The official has been placed on leave with immediate effect for the next seven days. In line with labour legislation, he has been informed of the department's intention to proceed with suspension and, during this time, he will have the opportunity to defend the allegations.
Upon the lapse of this seven-day period, a decision will be taken on whether or not to suspend the official.
Contingency plans are already in place to ensure continuity of service delivery.
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