PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

QUESTION NO.: 160

Dr H C van Schalkwyk (DA) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:

  1. Whether the Fraud Prevention Plan and Whistle Blowing Guide, which was approved in November 2010, has been circulated to the entire Public Service; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

  2. whether the Public Service Commission requires departments to draw up their own fraud prevention plans and whistle blowing guides; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
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      REPLY


      The Fraud Prevention Plan and Whistle Blowing Guide that the Honourable member is referring to were developed and approved by the Public Service Commission in compliance with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 1999, and Treasury Regulations 3.2.1. These are internal documents applicable to the Office of the Public Service Commission and not to the Public Service as a whole. The PFMA, read with the Treasury Regulations, requires of all departments and public entities to develop and implement a Fraud Prevention Plan. In addition, the Protected Disclosures Act, 2000, encourages employers to have in place a whistle-blower policy. In this regard, the Public Service Commission, together with the Institute for Security Studies in association with the Open Democracy Advice Centre published a brochure on whistle-blowing called A Guide for Public Sector Managers Promoting Public Sector Accountability to guide departments regarding the implementation of the Protected Disclosures Act, in 2000. Subsequent to the publication of the Guideline, the Public Service Commission conducted several workshops with national and provincial departments to raise awareness on this important matter. The Commission has made the brochure referred to above is available on its website:


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