Provincial Treasury should act against officials doing business with government

By Langa Bodlani (MPL), DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Treasury:

The DA has today written to the MEC for Treasury, Mr Rob Tooley to request his action against government officials who continue to do business with provincial departments. This practice is continuing unabated even after the AG has recently highlighted it as a concern. These officials continue to hand out contracts to themselves and their close cronies. It must be investigated and put an end to.

It emerged in a parliamentary response to the DA that 29 employees of the Department of Transport are doing business with government. Out of this number , nine of them benefitted more than R2.3 million after having conducted business with various other state entities in the last financial year. More are set to be revealed as more departments provide their responses.

Treasury as a custodian of our provincial finances with the transversal oversight role on all other departments must act swiftly to put an end on this practice.

This happens despite the Public Administration Act which was recently signed into law which prohibits public servants from doing business with the state.

The Act prohibits public servants from conducting business with the state or being a director of a public or private company that conducts business with the state. According to this Act, failure to comply with this prohibition constitutes serious misconduct which may result in the termination of employment by the employer.

The DA believes in government that implements fair and transparent tender processes, where each and every entrepreneur can bid fairly to receive business opportunities from government.

Where the DA governs, public officials are held to a strict code of conduct and timeously submit their financial disclosure reports. ANC-led governments must urgently implement provincial legislation which prevents state employees from doing business with government too, like the DA has done.