Certified documents now expire after six months

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    According to a statement by the spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa, Khusela Diko, all national departments, provincial departments and government components are to stop the practice of requiring certified copies of documents not older than three months to accompany applications for employment, effective immediately.

    Diko said that departments are advised to at least accept certified copies of documents submitted with an application for employment that are up to six months old, in those cases where the document certified does not have an expiry date that falls within the six-month period.

    “This decision follows complaints raised with President Cyril Ramaphosa on social media and through other channels about the onerous requirements for compliance with public sector job applications,” said Diko.

    The President’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said this change will also reduce the workload that the certification of documents creates for police personnel who will now be able to devote more time to their core function of ensuring that South Africans are and feel safe.