DA seeks backing: draft bill aims to regulate civil servant business dealings

2010-06-14 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has called on KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize to support its private member’s bill, the draft KwaZulu-Natal Regulation of Procurement and Business Interests of Employees Bill.

The call is in the light of Mkhize’s recent stated commitment to clean, open and accountable government, said the DA leader in the KZN Legislature, John Steenhuisen.

The bill is intended to deal with the high incidence of government employees doing business with their own and other departments.

Steehnuisen said the conflicts of interest were highlighted in a special report of the Auditor-General (A-G) released in November 2009 which found that:

• 308 employee-related companies and/or CCs were doing business with their own departments;

• 69 employee-spouse-related companies were doing business with their own departments;

• 539 employee-related companies and/or CCs were doing business with other KZN departments.

The total value of these transactions was more than R130 million.

Steenhuisen said a disturbing aspect of the A-G’s findings was that, in most cases, the requisite permission had not been sought by employees. “Perhaps more worrying was that there were cases where employees had not declared their business interests, making it very difficult to ascertain whether they were in fact receiving departmental tenders. The private member’s bill aims to address all these problems,” he added.

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