Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission has revealed that financial misconduct by senior government employees over the last five years in the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) has cost residents of the province R91 million – with only 0.06% of this money being recovered.
Across the GPG only four departments in the 2014/15 financial year concluded performance agreements with employees which would hold them accountable for financial misconduct.
In the 2013/14 financial year, 126 senior managers were identified as having companies “in business” – leading to a potential conflict of interest. In 2014/15 this number increased to 165.
The Commission uncovered a business of a senior employee doing business with the GPG in 2013/14, and two in 2014/15.
Action Against Staff
The departments of Education, Economic Development and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs were named to be of particular concern. The commission emphatically recommended that the relevant MECs take action against staff and accounting officers who fail to address these issues and recoup the funds.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura must ensure that all MEC in the GPG are instructed to root out financial misconduct and recover funds that have been stolen from residents of this province.
Service delivery and the improvement in the quality of life for all of Gauteng’s residents, particularly those living on the fringes and the economically excluded, will not become a reality if the state is captured by a handful of self-serving individuals.
John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
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