Dr Khoza wants more information from Free State Public Service Commission

2017-06-29 17:03
Dr Makhosi Khoza (Jan Gerber, News24)

Dr Makhosi Khoza (Jan Gerber, News24)

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Cape Town - Chairperson of parliament's committee overseeing the public service Dr Makhosi Khoza criticised the Public Service Commission (PSC) in the Free State for "undermining its Constitutional obligation" to improve service delivery.

The Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration/Monitoring and Evaluation are on an oversight visit to the province and expressed its disappointment that the PSC in the Free State did little to assist the committee to perform effective and efficient oversight in the province, according to a press statement. 

The PSC did not share all the information and reports it generated with the committee and this affected the committee's work. 

"The Committee generated a programme for the oversight based on what now appears to be a thin report from the PSC that does not sufficiently capture problem areas regarding service delivery in the province," said Khoza according to the statement. 

"This directly undermined the ability of the Committee to do proper oversight and by extension derails efforts to improve service standards and delivery in the province." 

The Committee is of the firm view that the PSC has, in this case, undermined its constitutional obligation to foster an environment that would ensure effective and efficient performance within the public service and to promote values and principles of public administration as set out in the Constitution, throughout the Public Service Act, reads the statement.

Provincial standard below par

"It is unfortunate that the Commissioner based in the Free State decided against sharing adequate information with the Committee.

"When the Committee visited the Universitas Academic Hospital it was alerted by a patient there that real challenges lay at regional hospitals and not at the academic hospital. This is information we would have expected the PSC to make available to the committee, but was unfortunately not shared," Dr Khoza emphasised. 

The standard of reports from the Free State PSC, as compared to other provinces that the committee has visited recently, was unquestionably below par. 

The Committee reiterated its belief that the PSC has an important mandate and must always strive to be independent of the state in order to effectively deliver on its mandate. 

"The PSC must at all times strive to perform its work without fear, favour or prejudice," Khoza said.  

The committee will engage the Chairperson of the PSC in an effort to ensure the preservation of set standards across provinces. These efforts will go a long way to ensure transparency and promoting accountability in the public service.     

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