Public Service and Administration Acting Minister, Mr Thulas Nxesi

All human resource officials who demand retired public servants to give them bribe in order to fast track their pension pay-out should be reported to the police, says Public Service and Administration Acting Minister, Mr Thulas Nxesi.

“The Acting Minister is not aware of the alleged unethical conduct by some human resources offices who want bribes in order to fast-track payment, which is due to retired employees. Employees, who are approached to pay bribes, should report that immediately to the South African Police Service (SAPS) as it is a criminal offence,” he said.

Minister Nxesi revealed this on his answer to the National Assembly’s question for written reply, where he was asked if he is aware about the alleged fraudulent activity of deliberate delay of pension pay-out of retired employees by officials in some departments.

The Acting Minister said the affected employees can also report the alleged corrupt practice to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline 0800 701 701 which is managed by the Public Service Commission for investigation.

In September this year, the DPSA issued a circular focus on the exit procedure to assist human resources personnel responsible for exists in the public service. Furthermore, the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) is collaborating with the National School of Government (NSG) to introduce a module aimed at improving and fast-tracking exits in the Public Service.