Public Servants attend ANC function during working hours

By Bosman Grobler MPL, DA spokesperson on Public Works, Roads and Transport:

The following motion without notice was delivered by, Bosman Grobler MPL, during a sitting today at the Ehlanzeni District Council Chambers.

Honourable Speaker.

I rise to move a motion without notice on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, noting that:

On Tuesday this week, the ANC allowed public servants to neglect their work and attend Premier David Mabuza’s welcoming ceremony during working hours.

The event, which starred Premier Mabuza as keynote speaker, had no link to official or government business. It was therefore disturbing to find that some public servants did not go back to their offices on Tuesday as a result of the ANC welcoming event.

Hon. Speaker, it must be noted that the use of state resources or public servants for political party events during office hours is strictly prohibited by South Africa’s electoral and public service regulations. The Public Service Act indicates that public servants would be in contravention of Section 36 of the Act if they participate in any political events during working hours.

As much as we all welcome Premier Mabuza back, we must take note that Government issued clear guidelines that public servants were constitutionally allowed to belong to political parties, but they could only do work for their parties after hours.

We would like to caution public servants against getting involved in party political matters during official working hours. They must focus on service delivery and leave politics to politicians.

Further noting Hon. Speaker, the skills of civil servants are needed by government solely to drive service delivery and to alleviate the sufferings of our people. Those who want to get involved in politics during working hours, must leave government and be involved in politics fulltime.

I move that this house:

Ensures that public servants upholds Section 36 of the Public Service Act and not participate in any political events during working hours.

I further move that this house respects and acknowledge the obligations of public servants and not drag them into political activities during working hours.

I so move.