Senzo MchunuBusinessLIve reports that the Department of Public Service and Administration is finalising draft regulations for the conduct of lifestyle audits of government employees.  

This was indicated by public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu on Thursday.  He said the lifestyle audits would apply across government from cabinet ministers to local government employees.  They would also extend to senior executives of state-owned enterprises and elected political representatives.  Lifestyle audits allow investigators to establish whether a person is living within his or her means.  There has been a strong demand for lifestyle audits in government as one way of rooting out corruption.  “Draft regulations have been prepared for public comment. It is coming and it is desirable.  We want to do it as soon as possible — to begin with this in far less than six months,” Mchunu said.  A departmental organogram to be finalised in a week’s time will provide for a specialised ethics and disciplinary technical assistance unit to assist departments to conduct lifestyle audits and where required refer matters to the relevant law enforcement authority.  Mchunu also said the revision of the ministerial handbook, which has taken several years, was now complete and was with President Cyril Ramaphosa.  The handbook details the perks and privileges allowed to ministers and deputy ministers.

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