South Africa: Ethics and the Public Servant - Moving Towards a Corruption-Free Service

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The public is justified in being outraged by those whose actions were not for the greater good and sought to enrich themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic, our biggest crisis yet. Public Service Month is an opportune time for the civil service to redeem itself in the eyes of the public and fix the weaknesses that Covid-19 revealed.

The Covid-19 pandemic put everything to the test -- from healthcare systems to supply chains to social safety nets. Hard decisions had to be made by all of us and our moral character was put to the test.

Though most officials in government tried valiantly to rise to the Covid-19 challenge, unfortunately, some among us failed this test and brought the public service into disrepute. The public is justified in being outraged by those whose actions were not for the greater good and sought to enrich themselves during our biggest crisis yet.

Equally outraged are ethical and hard-working public officials who are not only committed but who work tirelessly and relentlessly in their efforts to build an ethical civil service. Public Service Month is an opportune time for the civil service to redeem itself in the eyes of the public and fix the...

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