MEDIA STATEMENTS

Net closing in for public servants doing business with govt

Date: 24 May 2017

Government’s campaign to clamp down public servants doing business with an organ of state is beginning to bear fruits.

Delivering her budget vote speech on Wednesday in Parliament, Public Service and Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi announced that a total of 2 536 employees, who were registered on the Central Supplier Database, have resigned from the Public Service.

“In March this year, we matched the Central Supplier Database in-formation with PERSAL data. A total number 11 516 Public Officials were found to be registered on the Central Supplier Database and were therefore, in a position to perform business with an organ of state.

“As at the end of February 2017 and for the period 1 October 2016 to 28 February 2017, a total of 2 536 employees, who were registered on the Central Supplier Database, have resigned from the Public Service,” she said.

Minister Muthambi said they are currently following up with departments to assess if there are any remaining public servants who have not resigned from the companies they were associated with.

PUBLIC SERVICE REGULATIONS

The Minister said the Public Service Regulations was amended last year, so that they can put in place policies and regulations to curb corruption in the public service.

The Regulations stipulate clearly that Public Servants must not conduct business with any organ of state or be a director of a public or private company conducting business with an organ of state.

Furthermore, Public Servants were informed accordingly that they should cease doing business with organs of state or resign from the public service.

CENTRAL SUPPLIER DATABASE

In February this year, National Treasury amended the registration process for prospective suppliers to be registered on the Central Supplier Database, to prohibit public service employees from being registered.

During the registration process all suppliers are matched against the PERSAL system, to establish if they are Public Service employees or not. If a match is obtained, the person is flagged and is then required to provide proof that he or she is not a public service employee.

“We view misconduct in a serious light and will continue to strengthen measures for effective consequence management in the Public Service.

“Our view is that, all public servants are aware that three years ago, President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Public Administration Management Act which prohibits them from doing business with government.

“We are on a mission to create a world class public service and one way of achieving this goal is to clean the public service” she said.

The act prohibits public servants from conducting business with government or being a director of a public or private company that conducts business with government.

According to Minister Muthambi, failure to comply with the obligation constitutes serious misconduct which may result in the termination of employment by the employer.

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For more information contact Departmental Spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba @ 082 885 9448.

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Ministry of Public Service and Administration


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