For those public servants who always conduct themselves in an unprofessional manner, Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has promised to unleash war this new year.
In his recently released statement about the state of the country’s public service, Ramatlhodi condemned public servants who conduct themselves in what he has called an “unprofessional manner” and threatened to take disciplinary action against them for breaking the rules laid down in the public service code of conduct.
Although his statement failed to name particular individuals, it is largely seen as addressing the rants by Minister Bathabile Dlamini‘s spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant over her boss’s alleged drunk behaviour.
“Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi is unwavering in his warning that this behaviour will not be tolerated in the public service and the necessary disciplinary steps will be instituted to curb such a conduct,” a statement said.
Oliphant wrote a public Facebook post -after her boss was accused of addressing the public drunk- where she defended her boss saying she knows her attitude toward alcohol …and if it were up to her, South Africa would not be drinking, there would be no alcohol advertising.”
She went on to challenge reporters who wanted to publish her rant to “go the fuck ahead”.
Though she took full responsibility for her controversial Facebook post, she said she could not stand aside and watch as people continued to spread lies about Minister Bathabile Dlamini.
She admitted that the words used in her post were irresponsible and though no strict action has been taken against her, opposition parties have called for her to be axed, describing her comments as arrogant and reckless.
Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said that laptops, telephones, cellphones, and even data used for official purposes, could not be used to “undermine and contravene the letter and spirit of the code of conduct without any consequences”.
“These misbehaving public servants abuse time which could be effectively be utilised to enhance service delivery to engage in their own private matters, which bring the public service into disrepute,” the statement said.
Ramatlhodi also reminded public servants that chapter 10 of the Constitution requires public servants to maintain and promote a high standard of professional ethics and economic and effective use of resources.