pscSowetanLive reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) wants disciplinary action to be taken against senior managers whom it has identified as having conflicts of interest.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, PSC commissioner Michael Seloane said they had identified 11 cases of actual conflict of interest in one national department and three cases in provinces. His address was part of the release of the latest edition of the quarterly bulletin "The Pulse of the Public Service", covering the period 1 October to 31 December 2020. Seloane said two heads of department in Gauteng and the Northern Cape were among senior managers found to have conflicts of interest. “Disciplinary action should also be taken if it can be established that [senior management service] members intentionally ignored the call by the minister for public service and administration to cease conducting business with organs of state; or to resign as directors of companies that are conducting business with organs of state,” Seloane stated. He said particular focus should also be placed on determining how companies that were linked to public servants were able to conduct business with organs of state, which should assist in identifying gaps that there were in the system and measures to address them. Seloane revealed that a total of 382 senior managers were doing paid work outside their main jobs. “Only 52% [199] of these [senior manager service] members provided proof that they obtained prior permission to do so in terms of section 30 of the act,” he indicated.

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