The Public Services Commission (PSC) has welcomed the December Constitutional Court ruling that prevents employers from deducting monies from employees without their consent.

The PSC briefed the media in Pretoria on the state of public service and developments that affect the sector.

The body says it will ensure that the necessary legislation is amended speedily to protect workers.

The PSC was giving feedback on its oversight mandate in public service.

Most deductions are due to wrongful over payments.  The body says workers cannot be punished for errors they didn’t commit.

Workers who fall victim to the unlawful deductions can approach the labour court for intervention.

Although the sector has been stable, high rates of vacancies especially in the Eastern Cape remain worrisome.

The vacant posts often affects service delivery.

Over 600 cases of alleged corruption were reported through the national Anti-Corruption Hotline in 2017 and some cases are still pending.

The PSC is also calling for tough measures against irregular appointments and procurement fraud within government.