New law to root out corruption - Zille

2010-12-08 14:15

Cape Town - Government employees in the Western Cape will be given 90 days to disclose their business interests or face "disciplinary action", Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Wednesday.

Zille, who was speaking at her offices in Cape Town after signing into law the business interests of employees' bill, said the new law would help "root out" corruption in the public service.

"This marks a watershed for rooting out corruption and cronyism in the public service," Zille said.

"One of the key drivers of corruption is the absence of restrictions on state employees doing business with the state.

"State employees with a financial interest in companies that tender for goods and services have a clear conflict of interest, yet this has never been regulated. The business of interests of employees' bill is designed to do just that."

The Public Service Commission's 2010 State of the Public Service Report notes 1 204 financial misconduct cases in government departments - the highest number over the past seven years.

Some 1 430 complaints of corruption were reported through the PSC's national anti-corruption hotline.

According to the PSC report, only 46% of senior managers in national and provincial departments submitted their financial disclosure forms to the PSC by May 31.

Zille said the Western Cape was the only province to achieve a 100% compliance rate in submitting financial disclosure forms.

"This was the first time a province has done this by a due date."

The new law prohibits families from directly or indirectly holding 5% of the shares or other interests in an entity that does business with the province.

Any entity that signs a contract with the provincial government will have to provide an affidavit disclosing whether or not it is owned, or part-owned by Western Cape government employees.

"Now that the bill has been signed into law, the director general will compile and maintain a database of all employees' interests disclosed in terms of the legislation.

"All provincial government employees will be given three months to disclose. If they fail to disclose their interests, disciplinary action will be taken against them."

  • swimma - 2010-12-08 14:28

    Good effort, but I can't see this getting adopted by any other provinces. All aboard the gravy train! Toot toot.

  • pop101 - 2010-12-08 14:32

    Lead by example, be accountable...that's all we ask. Thanks.

  • demorgue - 2010-12-08 14:34

    Western Cape leading the way - AGAIN!!! go DA - show them hows its done

      PB - 2010-12-08 16:33

      Go Helen!! We can always rely on the DA to be pro-active.

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-08 14:34

    Take the BULL by the HORNS Mrs Zille... This lady KNOWS how to run a PROVINCE!!!! Trust the DA to come up with Solutions!!!!!

  • Dave - 2010-12-08 14:35

    Way to go Ms Zille!

  • Faansie - 2010-12-08 14:37

    Its a great start

  • Pikkewyn - 2010-12-08 14:38

    Well done DA - if only the rest of the country can be run like that. I dont mind if it is black people that run the country..... I actually want them to prove to us that they can make this country work - for all of us

      pawsaw - 2010-12-08 16:56

      I am so with you on this. I really do not care what colour you are, when you do the job the way it is meant to be done in the service of the poorest and raise their living standards and give them opportunities I will vote for the ANC. Until then I suggest the ANC ask Helen for advice on how to do things. As a white 61 year old I have stayed in SA in the hope that I can render and give back to as many of those deprived during the years of apartheid of opportunity etc in my own small way. Paying it forward is the way to go.

      BigD - 2011-02-22 09:31

      Your wish will never come to light. The present government has factions within the party and they are all juggeling to get positions after next municipal elections. That means not the best people are put in positions of power as they have to give jobs to people who support them.

  • Serias - 2010-12-08 14:42

    And which province will be next? NONE!!!!!!

  • pointblankza - 2010-12-08 14:43

    Zille said the Western Cape was the only province to achieve a 100% compliance rate in submitting financial disclosure forms. Now that is how you do things.

  • Stevie - 2010-12-08 14:56

    Excellent. Best news I've heard since maths was made a mandatory subject.

  • juergenbeder - 2010-12-08 15:14

    GO GIRL !!! Well done. Eventually even the ANC voters will realize how corrupt their Party is

  • Lwazi - 2010-12-08 15:18

    You've got to admire Zille's passion for service delivery. I think she deserves a shot at leading this country, not a man who didn't even finish STD 3.

      PB - 2010-12-08 16:34

      She's got my vote

  • WhyLikeThis - 2010-12-08 15:21

    But they can't do that. How's Zuma's family going to make money, never mind the other MP's? Well done Zille, well done DA, well done Western Cape, show dem

  • kolobe - 2010-12-08 15:25

    let them go through with that law..i doubt it would ever be fully implemented since whites already give themselves tenders in the pvt sector.from the mess that goes on in the pvt sector i doubt it will pass in cpt.i dont know of a african service provider getting tenders in the pvt sector

      kolobe - 2010-12-08 15:26

      single african service

      pop101 - 2010-12-08 15:37

      Really? Funny, I'm from CT and worked with plenty "African service providers" that was awarded tenders in the private sector. Do you like twisting the truth to suite your own agenda Kolobe?

      gmck21 - 2010-12-08 15:37

      WHITES giving themselves tenders in PVT sector?? hahahah mate the ANC is f#$king black business's over left and right. Its not your BEE status but your price... so viva ANC viva BEE. they screw everyone over for money. stop being such a embarrasing person of colour, you hate yourself and we love that woooopa

      Geewiz - 2010-12-08 15:40

      What my dear Kolobe has the private sector got to do with Government and the private sector does not steal the tax payer’s money but then you are probably one of the elite

      pointblankza - 2010-12-08 15:41

      Actually kolobe I know of quite a few, just because you ignorant and have no clue what goes on doesn't mean you the spokesperson of the private sector. Besides, we all know you just a troll.

      paullouis.louw - 2010-12-08 15:46

      Guy, why are you so bitter?Stop making this about white and black and start thinking towards a better South Africa for all it's been 14 years for crying out loud. The ANC had there chance, give respect where it is due, the DA are doing a great job in the Western Cape. Peace

      Alex Fox - 2010-12-08 15:48

      Seriously? Just make sure you know the diff between a "Request for tender" and a "Request for proposal". Tender is government. Proposal is private. With a tender they typically spend tax payers money (ie. Your money). If a company (pvt sector) accepts a Proposal the company prob will spend it's own money (ie. NOT YOUR money). Stop complaining. Stop blaming whites for everything. Offer a decent service / product at an affordable price, and I'm SURE no one in the private sector will complain. As a matter of fact, companies (pvt sector) are more likely to got do business with a BEE company. I mean... that's the idea of BEE, isn't it?

      Kristi10 - 2010-12-08 15:49

      Is this the real Kolobe or the whitey that is faking to be black because he needs some attention?

      Richard - 2010-12-08 15:53

      Well done Zille -

      Toni - 2010-12-08 16:07

      Kolobe - I guess you did not even get pass grade 1 - our lovely Helen Zille had no mention of PVT sector......what she said was to root out corruption in the government sector....people like you are a digrace to this beautiful country everything you touch turns into sh!t. Why do you think all compitent & experience people are leaving our country for greener pastures - because they don't get recognised while this country is run by this Dumb Ass ANC & their Cronies that don't give a hoot about you & the rest of there followers.....wake up before it's to late - if you know what I mean!!

  • Bosj - 2010-12-08 15:39

    Great work. lead by example.

  • Egg-Zachary - 2010-12-08 15:42

    See now! Zille showing the way! This is what this country needs, strong accountable leaders... The ANC will never adopt this! They don't have the balls!

  • - 2010-12-08 16:00

    Well Done ! Mrs Zille - keep it up, why have you been so quiet for so long, need to see and hear more from you. We need more effective governing with true principles. ANC take heed....OOOPPPSSSS if you can understand anything about GOOD GOVERNANCE.

      pawsaw - 2010-12-08 17:05

      Go and check her out on Facebook. She reports regularly there on what is happening and not always in the Western Cape. Recently she was in somewhere like Eastern Transvaal where a white farmer has installed a line to a tap for the poor which the taxpayers did not pay for. This is what ANC should be doing at grassroots level with the taxpayers money. To hell with T-Shirts and parties - give people the water of life. I note the communist league is throwing massive parties - I would like to know who is funding that - the Union workers subsidies which should be paid out to them when on strike perhaps?

  • catij001 - 2010-12-08 16:09

    Sounds good but as we know the term 'disciplinary action' in government terms does not mean much. Or they will deem it unconsitutional or unfair and establish a commission that will waste millions of rands of our tax money. I can just see the headlines now, "Zille is being racist in trying to get officials fired"

      herbst.john - 2010-12-08 16:30

      Remember that most of the government is run by the ANC, not the DA. So hopefully it will be implemented.

  • herbst.john - 2010-12-08 16:29

    Well done Ms. Zille. This is the start of great things for this country. Lets hope the rest of the country can see this and realize what needs to be done...

  • enjay.1014 - 2010-12-08 17:06

    Thanks Helen, you are the only politician with vision and that have it citizens interest at heart. My prayer is you will run this country someday into green pastures.

  • HAggardGnome - 2010-12-08 18:19

    Go Helen! Lead by example! Of course the other provinces, being run by the "Piggies" will never follow suit! More proof that the DA is the only party interested in rooting out this corruption nonsense seriously!

  • Boerseun - 2010-12-08 18:40

    Now how can this also be done for al, other provinces? Not easily I think, as this will not suit the thieving ANC regime.

  • awwgee - 2010-12-09 06:35

    I think that this kind of law is very restrictive on our "poorly" paid politicians - how on earth are they going to have to "survive" on only receiving the paltry amount of money they get paid (note - not earned!!) by the state - (note the irony!!!!) GO DA - let's hope that they take over more municipalities in 2011!!!!

  • jaycee - 2010-12-09 06:39

    Well done DA. The irony of the Western Cape being governed better than other provinces, is that the more the DA shows positive results, the more the ANC devises all kinds of devious plans to discredit the Western Cape. Keep it up Zille.

  • downey.justin - 2010-12-09 08:49

    If the DA were the governing party, S.A. would be a blooming Utopia when compared with the reality that we are currently faced with...

  • Theresa - 2010-12-09 23:08

    The corruption starts at the top. Why not start sorting it out from the top!!!

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