Govt employees enjoy millions in ‘suspended’ pay

By Lyse Comins The Gauteng Provincial Government has had a high number of disciplinary hearings due to alleged corruption and financial misconduct costing the state more than R4-million during the 2020/21 financial year. According to the State of Public Service in Gauteng report presented to the provincial legislature, a total number of 56 cases of Read more >

DPSA acts against govt officials doing business with state

The revised code of conduct for South Africa’s public servants came into effect on 1 August 2016. Among others, it prohibits public servants from doing any form of business with organs of state, whether in as individuals or through companies in which they hold directorships. This has not stopped thousands from doing just that. Back Read more >

Mixed reaction to PAM Act – part two

In part one of our series we introduced a keenly anticipated piece of legislation – the Public Administration Management (PAM) Act. In part two we examine some of the reactions to the Act, and in the third and final part we will discuss the proposed integrity unit. In December 2014 President Jacob Zuma signed the Read more >

Public protector honoured by international anti-corruption peers

Corruption Watch has long championed the brave and courageous deeds undertaken by the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, to perform her constitutional duty to protect South African citizens from the misdeeds of the powerful and to expose corruption where she finds it.  It is therefore fitting that Madonsela should be the person chosen to receive Transparency Read more >

Spotlight on the public service in September

September is Public Service Month in South Africa. This year’s month-long event takes place under the theme Reinventing the way Public Servants Work: Batho Pele "Putting People First". During this period South Africans are asked to reflect on the public service and its ability to deliver quality services that meet their expectations in the spirit Read more >

To serve the public with dignity and integrity

By Valencia Talane The public service component of any society is really the backbone on which it relies for its survival. South Africans are served by over three-million public officials across the three levels of government and in its various entities and agencies. The high standard of service required from each of these individuals is Read more >

Weighing in on public service clean-up bill

Corruption Watch recently made submissions on the Public Administration Management Bill, calling for an outright ban on civil servants doing business with the state, a cooling off period when an individual moves from the public to private sector, and prohibiting re-employment within the state if an individual is fired for corruption-related misconduct. The draft law, Read more >