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Presentation to Portfolio Committee on Vetting within Correctional Services : 2009/201011 November 2009
CONTENTSIntroductionCurrent Structure of the Vetting Field Work Unit in DCSPersonal Suitability Checks in DCSProgress on Personal Suitability Checks in DCSProgress on VettingCurrent Constraints on Vetting and Mitigation of these Constraints
IntroductionVetting used to be the responsibility of the National Intelligence Agency
The National Vetting Strategy was approved in December 2006, and the DCS Vetting Field Work Unit (VFU) was established in November 2007
DCS and NIA signed a vetting Memorandum of understanding in March 2008
CURRENT STRUCTURE OF THE VETTING FIELD WORK UNIT IN DCS
PERSONAL SUITABILITY CHECKS IN DCS
The implementation of the National Vetting Strategy, and a determination by the Minister for the DPSA required that the following minimum information must be verified, before appointment (referred to as Personal Suitability checks):-
Criminal Record Checks.Citizenship verification.Financial/ Asset record checks.Qualification verifications.Previous employment verification.
NIA assisted the DCS with financial and asset record checks from 2002 till current.
PERSONAL SUITABILITY CHECKS IN DCS cont-NIA will continue to conduct citizenship verifications, and criminal record checks as part of its mandate
PROGRESS ON PERSONAL SUITABILITY CHECKS IN DCS
Number of Personal Suitability Checks on appointments received by the VFU since 1 April 2008 31 March 20091489
Number of Personal Suitability Checks on appointments finalized by the VFU period: 1 April 2008- 1 March 2009:-1473
PROGRESS ON PERSONAL SUITABILITY CHECKS IN DCSNumber of Personal Suitability Checks on appointments received by the VFU since 1 April 2009 31 October 2009:-636
Number of Personal Suitability Checks on appointments finalized by the VFU period: 1 April 2009 - 31 October 2009:-624
Personal Suitability Checks in the DCS
PROGRESS ON VETTING
Number of officials issued with security clearances: 2008:2552009: 33 (until 31 October 2009)
The reason for the decline in terms of security clearances issued is due to the lack of a service provider to conduct credit checks for the Department of Correctional Services. Currently NIA is still providing this function. NIA however has their own capacity problems and from there the decline in the clearances issued
Security clearances issued in the DCS
PROGRESS ON VETTING cont-
DCS is currently developing a vetting plan to prioritize vetting based on the recommendations of the Threat and Risk Assessment conducted by the NIA and SAPS, as well the internal risk assessment of DCS and the inherent requirements of posts, and the vulnerability of information and assets. This vetting plan is in the process of finalization.
The VFU is also in process to verify the vetting of the following categories of staff as part of the priorities identified for vetting:-Officials in the offices of the Ministry and the National Commissioner.Officials working in Maximum Correctional CentersOfficials having access to PersalAll SMS members
CURRENT CONSTRAINTS ON VETTING AND MITIGATION OF THESE CONSTRAINTS
Together doing more and better to break the cycle of crime.