QUESTION NO.: 2247
Date.: 24 Aug 2012
Mr M G P Lekota (Cope) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
- Whether, with reference to the high number of contracts that have been found to have been awarded to spouses and family members in the Eastern Cape, according to a recent report by the Auditor-General, the Government intends to implement interim measures to prevent public servants from awarding Government contracts without declarations of interest; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
- what has been the progress with regard to the draft Public Sector Integrity Management Framework;
- whether draft legislation to prevent officials and public representatives from doing business with government, directly or indirectly, is ready for tabling; if not, why not; if so, when does the Government intend to introduce such legislation;
- whether the Government intends to close loopholes in the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, to prevent officials and public representatives from doing business with Government, directly or indirectly; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
We are very concerned about the 2010-11 local government audit outcomes. In his audit report, the Auditor-General unearthed cases where awards were made to close family members without declaring their interest. Incidentally, I have a meeting with the AG on 20th September 2012 and hope that this will pave the way to closing up all the loopholes.
Currently, we are introducing a requirement for all public Servants to undergo a compulsory training course to ensure they are properly trained to understand government policies and processes.
- The draft Integrity Management Framework is undergoing internal departmental approval processes, after which it will be submitted to Cabinet for approval.
- No. Please refer to (2) above.
- The Public Finance Management Act is administered by the Minister of Finance and any review of the act would be initiated by the said Minister. However, it is worth mentioning that the current test for non-compliance is based on the following instruments:
- The Treasury Regulations 16A (8) on Compliance with Ethical Standard;
- Treasury Regulations 16A (9) on Avoiding Abuse of Supply Chain Management System; and
- The National Treasury Practice Notice No. 7 of 2009/10 SCM - Declaration of Interest: Amendment and Augmentation of standard Bidding Document (SBD4) are used to ensure that public servants and their families do not benefit from government contracts.