The DA is calling upon the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Senzo Mchunu, to urgently engage the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to strengthen mechanisms to prevent public servants from doing business with the State.
It’s said while there are currently mechanisms in place to prevent this problem, these have proven to be ill-effective.
There seems to be no political will on the part of the Minister and his department to stop this corrupt conduct by government officials.
According to DA, the Public Administration Management Regulations Service Code of Conduct seeks to prohibit public servants from doing any form of business with the State.
In addition, an effort to enforce this Code of Conduct, the CIPC is available to the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) to identify companies of public servants that are suspected of doing business with the State.
The CIPC has partnered with the DPSA, National Treasury, law enforcement agencies and other oversight bodies by providing requested data on an ad hoc basis.
“Unfortunately, this process seems to be a classic case of smoke and mirrors as the system is at times highly insufficient. The Companies Act only allows for the CIPC to register Directors and not shareholders,” said DA.
Meanwhile, civil servants can therefore use this loophole to not be traced when unlawfully conducting business with government departments.
The DA said it will continue to exercise vigorous oversight of the DPSA, the CIPC and law enforcement agencies to ensure that they investigate and prevent ANC cadres and government officials from looting the State coffers.