pscBL Premium reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) said on Tuesday that heads of government departments must act on errant behaviour by civil servants and bring those who breached public service regulations to book.

The PSC, which is responsible for maintaining ethical standards and professionalism in the public service, said the lack of effective consequence management in the government encouraged non-compliance among public servants. “However small the non-compliance is, the person who has not performed must be held to account immediately, timeously, otherwise the non-compliance will continue. We are seeing some departments in which there is improvement because they are acting on non-compliance. Where there is no action, we see non-compliance increases,” commissioner Michael Seloane said at the release of the PSC’s quarterly bulletin, The Pulse of the Public Service. The bulletin focused, among other things, on compliance by departments to pay suppliers within 30 days of receiving an undisputed invoice, and senior managers complying with the financial disclosure framework in 2019/2020. It revealed that at end-December 2020, the worst performing national departments in terms of outstanding invoices were the department of public works and infrastructure’s property management trading entity and the department of water & sanitation. At provincial level, the Eastern Cape was the worst performer.

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