Portfolio Chair for Public Service and Administration, Joe Maswanganyi, said the credibility of the state had been severely hampered after it was established that 721 Senior Management Services (SMS) members had failed to declare their directorships at private and public companies.
Nineteen of those members are Directors-General and Heads of Department at national and provincial level.
It goes without saying that this is a major contravention of Public Service Regulations, but perhaps the bigger crime here is the damage that this kind of behaviour does to government’s capacity to deliver on its mandate.
It creates a trust deficit with the public, that can’t just be restored. The first port of call though, will be to ensure there are consequences for the infractions committed – infractions that Maswanganyi believes are quite significant.
“It is unacceptable that so many senior managers can be in contravention of regulations that are intended to ensure the credibility of the state. Senior managers are in the forefront of the fight against corruption and by declaring directorships, they prove accountability,” said Maswanganyi.
“These custodians of the country’s finances should lead from the front and must at all times declare their interests,” added Maswanganyi.
The committee has called on the Public Service Commission and the Minister of Public Service and Administration to urgently take adequate action against contravening officials.