Pressure to do favours

2014-08-04 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S top civil servant says senior managers have themselves to blame for finding themselves under pressure for a “culture of entitlement” from service providers.

“In the majority of cases entitlement [exists] because we would have special people we give special favours,” director-general Nhlanhla Ngidi told a seminar of senior managers in Durban last week.

Ngidi made the comments after one head of department last week complained about the “culture of entitlement” among service providers, who want tenders dished out without following procedures.

He acknowledged the existence of the problem, saying departments awarded catering or entertainment tenders to the same service providers instead of rotating them.

The practise, Ngidi said, made service providers expectant of favours.

Ngidi, who said he risked his job for talking about the matter, told of pressure exerted on managers by a “crop of individuals” who thought they had a right to be given favours by government.

“You are subtly told that you need to consider this person because [they are politically connected].”

While Ngidi claimed to have been spared this pressure, he said he had been told several times by managers that certain service providers engaged in name dropping to put pressure on them.

“I know some of my managers have been put under pressure. I know it’s not a nice thing to say, but these things do happen.”

He discouraged senior managers from creating a situation where only an elite few benefited.

“It is something we, as senior public servants, need to take to heart and very seriously,” Ngidi insisted before warning managers about unethical conduct.

“Once you begin to act unethically, that leads to the downfall of government and that [in turn] leads to the downfall of countries,” Ngidi said.

Premier Senzo Mchunu, speaking at the same meeting, said the culture of entitlement was gaining momentum to a point where ways were found to hire people who were unqualified.

“All we can do is to face up to the reality and to face the truth. Let us uphold the rules and regulations South Africa has,” he said.

Mchunu said flouting of regulations led to decay in public administration.

“It becomes a cancer in the state and gradually the state will fall,” he said.

Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane said nobody should be entitled to get any favours and managers should do their work properly.

In their seminar, the senior managers pledged to lead by being exemplary and professional.

Ngidi said yesterday they would act decisively against any form of wrong-doing and stop cultivating a sense of entitlement among service providers.

“We appreciate the platform that was created by the premier and his executive council. The conference was characterised by honest and robust engagement,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.