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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that public sector employees continue to do significant amounts of business with the state despite it being prohibited because of the conflict of interest involved.  

An amount of R8bn was paid to 2,349 businesses in which state employees were involved between April 2017 and end-January 2018.  These suppliers had 2,704 state employees listed on the government’s central supplier database as owners, directors or non-executive directors.  The people involved were employees of national and provincial governments, some municipalities and three public entities.  The figures were disclosed in a report by Treasury on state employees conducting business with government as at February 2018, as tabled in Parliament.  A total of 28,427 state employees were registered as owners, directors or non-executive directors of businesses on the database operated by the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer.  "It is safe to say that the numbers of employees identified to be owners/directors/non-executive directors of suppliers conducting business with government are understated," the report indicated.  The DA’s David Ross said the statistics were "shocking" and in "gross violation" of the Public Service Act and Regulations.  He pointed out that public servants doing business with the state had been given a deadline of 31 January 2017 to either resign from the public service or relinquish their business interests.

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