The DA welcomes the inclusion of a clause in the Public Administration Management Bill banning civil servants from doing business with government.
According to media reports today, the Bill will be submitted to Cabinet for approval and tabled in Parliament by the end of the month.
The regulation of the business interests of state employees has been a long-standing DA policy and has already been introduced by the DA-led government in the Western Cape.
In order to extend this to the rest of the country, DA Parliamentary Leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko, submitted a Private Members Bill earlier this year. We also submitted this proposed legislation in every single provincial legislature, where it was rejected by the ANC in every single province.
It is essential that this important piece of legislation is not used to sneak in a "single public service", which has been touted by the Department for some time. We maintain that this would be unconstitutional and we will oppose it in Parliament.
The DA will study the Bill once tabled in Parliament and will provide an in-depth response. We want to ensure that the best possible and most effective anti-corruption bill is finally passed.
Kobus Marais, Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration