Politics and business don't mix - Cosatu

2011-09-08 09:07
Johannesburg - Politicians and state employees must be banned from having any business interests, Cosatu in Gauteng said on Wednesday.

"Our state employees as well as politicians must choose whether they want to serve the people or their business interests," Congress of SA Trade Unions' provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said.

Cosatu was reacting to a report in The Star that public servants had "milked" the Gauteng government of R26m by not declaring their interests in companies that were awarded tenders.

According to the report, parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) had given Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane a month to act against the employees.

Scopa chairperson Sipho Makama said officials working in the departments of education, health and social development were pointed out.

Makama had urged Mokonyane to draft legislation that would stop officials from doing business with the provincial government.

Dakile said it was "shocking" that nothing had been done to stop civil servants from doing business with the state.

"Nothing has been done till this day to stop such practices and... people involved have not been arrested. The culprits are still being employed in government."

Dakile said Cosatu in the province wanted all those involved to be suspended with immediate effect and disciplinary action taken. It was also calling for all provincial governments around the country to be investigated.

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