1483. Mr D A Kganare (Cope) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
(1) Whether the Government is committed to promote professional and non-partisan civil service; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2) Whether he has been informed of the complaint to the public service about a special unit in Limpopo to short list and appoint civil servants in the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3) Whether this special unit or panel has been instituted in line with the law; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4) (a) What are the names of the persons that constitute this panel, (b) where are they employed and (c) what are their (i) academic qualifications and (ii) skills? NW1740E
(1) Yes, the Government is committed to promote professional non-partisan civil service.
A vast variety of legislation and initiatives exist currently that seek to inculcate the notion of a professional and non-partisan Public Service. Of these, I would like to mention the following:
In terms of the Constitution, section 197(3) no employee of the Public Service may be favoured or prejudiced because of that person’s support to a particular party or cause.
The current Code of Conduct in the Public Service Regulations, 2001 contains clear standards for public servants with regard to their relationship with the legislature, political and executive office- bearers, other public servants and the public, the performance of their duties and their personal conduct and private interests. The primary purpose of the Code is to promote and ensure exemplary conduct by public servants.
Building on extensive work done in the past, further initiatives concerning Batho Pele are being rolled-out in departments on an on-going basis.
The Presidential Hotline has been introduced to make Government and the Presidency more accessible to the public and to help unblock service delivery blockages and unwanted behaviour by public servants.
An Inter-Ministerial Committee on Corruption is looking at ways to decisively defeat corruption. The work of this Committee will be based on policies and legislation already introduced to ensure Public Service integrity and to fight corruption. Further impetus to the matter will be brought about by a Public Sector Integrity Management Framework that will be introduced soon. The Framework is aimed at-
strengthening and aligning all measures regulating good governance and probity in the public sector;
strengthening capacity to prevent and combat corruption;
ensuring compliance through monitoring and evaluation; and ensuring enforcement as a deterrent.
(2) With regard to questions (2), (3) and (4), I am not aware of a special unit established in the Limpopo Department of Health and Social Development and I will appreciate it if the Honourable Member may provide me with some more information for my preliminary privilege to access if there is an indication of any wrong doing.