Many South Africans are now willing to admit that corruption is the biggest devil messing up the country.
To cripple this devil, all government officials have been barred from doing any business, whatsoever with the state as of next year.
Already, a circular has been issued to all government officials demanding they disclose any business dealings they have with government.
The government officials were given the option to relinquish their interests before January or resign from the public service.
Officials who fail to heed the instructions of the circular will be discharged from their duties.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered this information at the Governance and Administration Cluster media briefing on the implementation progress of the National Development Plan (NDP)
The Minister of Public Service and Administration, Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Governance and Administration Cluster told media practitioners that the essence of the media briefing is to outline progress that has been made and the future plans towards achieving NDP’s Vision 2030.
Ramatlhodi divulged that the reviewed Public Service Regulations contains clauses that prohibit government officials from doing business with state organs.
Also, he related that the reviewed Public Service Regulations stipulated that gifts are bribes. Thus, public servants are prohibited from receiving gifts.
According to him, the successful investigation of cases of alleged corruption reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) has resulted in the recovery of R340 million from perpetrators.
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The briefing follows the pronouncement that Cabinet has since been updated on the implementation progress reports for quarter one (April to June 2016).
The report defines government’s Programme of Action in the current phase of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 – 2019) structured towards the attainment of ‘Vision 2030’ NDP goals.