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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that working conditions in the public service have recently come under sharp scrutiny after a senior staffer in parliament committed suicide in protest against alleged bullying by an ANC MP.  

Lennox Garane shot himself on 14 September and in a suicide note wrote that it was in protest against 20 months of bullying.  Moreover, there is mounting speculation that the government will soon embark on wholesale retrenchments as it moves to prevent its wage bill from spiralling out of control, causing anxiety among its employees.  The government is the largest employer in SA.  The 2018 budget review noted that, for the state to support higher levels of capital investment, it "needs to contain the public-service wage bill, which has crowded out spending in other areas".  According to Vinothan Naidoo of UCT, another issue which a lot of people have been concerned about was “political interference in public-sector appointments, which has eroded trust and credibility in, and stunted the growth of, a professional bureaucracy where skills are taken seriously."  Prof Piet Naudé of Stellenbosch University said that if downsizing did not happen any time soon, the aim should be to professionalise the public service, which would entail “a proper and independent evaluation of how people match the qualifications required for their job function, as well as a process analysis of whether all jobs are in fact productive and required."

  • Read this report by Bekezela Phakathi in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, Call for Cabinet to be downsized, at The Citizen


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