Cogta MEC sounds warning bell

2017-03-23 06:02

THE KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube has sounded a warning bell that the government would not be able to attain its developmental objectives if unethical behaviour in public service is allowed to reign supreme.

Dube-Ncube was addressing a seminar in Durban, themed the “Role of political leadership in enhancing ethical behaviour in the public service”.

The seminar was attended by delegates, the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, mayors and accountants.

“Quality service delivery would remain a pipe dream that would never be attained if South Africans allow unethical behaviour to triumph in the public service,” said Dube-Ncube.

Recently local public servants, including councillors, managers and municipality staff had been reported to be underperforming.

Dube-Ncube said public servants are elevating their interest above those who they are serving. She said government now need to review remunerating officials who continue to shirk their responsibility.

“Why do we have to give bonuses to public servants who to this day do not treat our people in rural areas in a similar way as their urban counterparts?

“Why do we have to reward officials whose municipalities continue to move from one crisis to another and get an unclean bill of health from the Auditor-General.

“Enough is enough, we need to change our approach with speed to save taxpayers’ money and maximise opportunities for our people to, at all times, access quality service delivery.”

One report was about the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Youth Office management, which the community has had their eye on for some time.

Municipal spokesperson Simon April was contacted for comment and said that regarding allegations against councillors matters were taken to the Office of the Speaker where the matter would be dealt with accordingly.

“The allegations that are levelled against the youth office are being internally investigated or dealt with and the municipality will issue a statement once completed.”

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