Government’s plan to derail the gravy train

2013-10-20 05:00

A former Eastern Cape chief financial officer and her family had interests in more than 100 companies that were doing business with the state.

The companies received more than R7 million in payments between 2003 and 2009, with one company that belonged to her daughter earning R2.8 million.

In response to cases like these, the department of public service and administration and the Public Service Commission have now proposed a new bill to stop all government employees from benefiting from state tenders.

But unions representing the country’s 1.2 million civil servants have warned that unless all politicians, including the 400 Members of Parliament (MPs), members of provincial legislatures, premiers, MECs and mayors – and their families – are banned from doing business with the state, the bill will “fall on its face”.

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