Baloyi: Are public servants doing jobs?

2011-02-18 14:10

Pretoria - Public Service Minister Richard Baloyi questioned whether there would be service delivery protests if public servants upheld constitutional values.

"We have indicated in our Constitution that there are values that we expect our public administration to uphold and if those values, and those values only, were to be upheld as indicated in the legislation, would we be having today what we refer to as service delivery-related protests and challenges?" Baloyi told delegates at a conference on public administration.

He said the country has excellent policies and a good legislative framework governing the public sector but fell short when it came to officials complying with rules and implementing policies.

He said good governance was needed and demanded by South Africans.

"They don't expect anything less than good (governance)," he said.

Servants sign deal with Zuma

He said the key issue was one of public servants complying with regulations and policies, and monitoring whether they had in fact complied with the policies.

"If you have a good policy and this good policy is not being implemented, what is good about it?"

He said the recent service delivery agreements that ministers had signed with President Jacob Zuma was indicative of how the government was making sure that there was compliance with policies that were set down by government.

He said that in the public sector there needed to be a policy of zero tolerance to corruption and maladministration.

"There is no good government without accountability," he said.

One of the measures being implemented to ensure accountability was the establishment of a register for public servants which would be unveiled on June 23.

The register will disclose, among others, public servants' business interests and remuneration sources outside the public sector as well as citizens' opinions of the public servants.

  • Deon - 2011-02-18 14:23

    Is this guy for real ?

  • nobodyneedstoknowme - 2011-02-18 14:29

    Richard Baloyi must be about 90 years old now. Think he may be out of touch.

  • Gatvol - 2011-02-18 14:30

    Lets see if he has the same view after the elections!

  • ICEAGE - 2011-02-18 14:35

    Richard you porthole! You were one of the ministers who signed the agreement. Why aren't you doing your job???

  • BakkieB - 2011-02-18 14:40

    And like any CEO of a company Minister Richard Baloyi, you are utimately responsible for the actions of your department. You sir, are the one at fault and should resign.

  • epherb - 2011-02-18 14:42

    the scary part, they are all real!

  • Geebs - 2011-02-18 14:44

    We don't need to only follw the constitution, we need everybody from the very top downwards to live and breathe it. Too much talk and not enough action. People play follow the leader. To get results, our ministers should lead by example for starters. Then we could do with managers and people in higher positions taking some responsibility for what their Government workers do! Unfortunately, most officials in a position to make a difference, couldn't give a stuff about the rest, and especially about the poor.

  • advurt - 2011-02-18 14:45

    Really Baloyi? My word - you must be a genius to have worked this one out by yourself? I thought they're striking just for the hell of it?

  • DeonL - 2011-02-18 14:45

    Some action to improve service delivery would be nice, stop talking about it.

  • feppie - 2011-02-18 14:51

    @ Richard Baloyi: And do you think Masondo is doing his job in Joh'burg? "There is no good government without accountability,..." that's the ANC's words Richard - sounds great ... and any ACTION!! I'm not holding my breath!! So, what's gonna happen to Masondo? And the Eastern Cape ANC-leadeship? Can't hear you Richard!!

  • PAR - 2011-02-18 14:56

    All government departments should be privatised. The only efficient department is SARS which shows that it has nothing to do with unveiling a register - this government is very good at taking our hard earned money whilst for the rest they could not give a shit.

  • ji - 2011-02-18 14:59


      roadvark - 2011-02-18 17:28

      Oh but they are good at some things like changing place names and having big parties...nothing much else I am afraid.

  • Madelane - 2011-02-18 15:02

    "Baloyi: Are public servants doing jobs?" Minister Baloyi....the answer is short and includes you needless to say....and the answer is....wait for it.....NO!! So all the endless waffle is a waste of oxygen.

  • The Observer - 2011-02-18 15:10

    Richard Baloyi public servants can't do their jobs if they are allowed to strike 50 days of the year, sit and have pap and vleis for 2 hours a day and come late and leave early every day due to the crap public transport system. F'ol to do with constitution. You lot dug the hole, now fall in it.

  • Wes - 2011-02-18 15:10

    After how many years and you only wake up now, rather go back to sleep we don't need you as you haven't made an effort in all these years indicating that you are useless.

  • motsokwane - 2011-02-18 15:14

    This politicians seems to amaze even themselves, when they fail to deliver.Who is he asking whether the public servants are doing the job.He is suppose to come up with strategic plans to motivate the public servants to deliver rather raising the ears like a donkey.Get this celebrities out of here all of them including their oppositions.

  • truthteller - 2011-02-18 15:20

    Get them to work or get rid of them & stop asking time wasting question that we all know the answer

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-02-18 15:21

    Abosulutely not! This bunch have absolutely no accountability,integrity,sense of compliancy,honour or regard for what they have been put their for

  • Bill - 2011-02-18 15:51

    Hon. Sir, allow me to help you. There are are most definitely exceptions to the rule, but the rule in this instance is that, by and large, the public service s spectacularly inefficient, unproductive and ineffective. The work ethic is just absolutely atrocious and the people are untrained and in some cases just plain , pardon me saying so, ignorant. With great reverence, God help this country with a cadre of public servants of this ilk. But, don't blame the people! Blame the leadership and management. With proper leadership and proper management and proper training and proper performance management, 99% of those incompetent people could be highly competent and highly motivated and highly efficient and highly effective public servants. So where do we start. Different leadership and management. If you say such silly thing as you did in the newspaper report, perhaps we should start with you Mr. Pres [Zuma) , you have a huge problem at political level as well as at executive level. If you would just drop half of your political agenda iro the ridiculous appoints you make, and apppoint leadership that can do the job, we would have a totally different scenario. but then you don't have South Africa and it's people and their well being at heart, do you! only the interests of your party and yourself and your cronies!!Integrity?!

  • Souf-Efrikan - 2011-02-18 15:55

    Start looking at the ministers in charge of the civil servants who sets the example, no wonder they are not working, commiting fraud, stealing, etc. with such good examples!!

  • Boerseun - 2011-02-18 16:27

    These servants should not make deals with governemnt, but with the societies they serve directly. Those societies should hire them, pay them and have the right to fire them if needed. Party politics on local level is breaking down the fabric of society. The only reason the ANC wants this, is as this is another way of getting their hands on taxpayers money.

      croix - 2011-02-18 17:09

      I like this idea! They are PUBLIC SERVANTS after all (I wonder which part of "P-u-b-l-i-c S-e-r-v-a-n-t-s" are tough to understand?) and the public should have the right to hire & fire their 'asses' if they cannot do their jobs. I'm sure their ridiculous salaries would also come down a peg (or twenty). It's so logical - you cannot be 'public'- AND 'self servant' at the same time!

  • Boyzie - 2011-02-18 16:44

    Mr included...know what the problem is.So please stop telling us what we already know...and SORT OUT THE BLOODY MESS!!

  • ZACKIE - 2011-02-18 16:45

    the whole govt is not doing their job u don't have to be a genius to figure that one, now please go back to the cave you crawled out from

  • Skottie - 2011-02-18 17:18

    Open a complaint line where normal citizens can report a person they received bad service from maybe THEN public servants working with the public would probably start doing their jobs ... a bit faster and correct the first time! I'm not generalising, THANKS a lot to those who do do their jobs well, but you are in the minority. I am talking about slow lines at the licencing offices, when applying for a passport/ID, when trying to pay fees a municipality, etc. Slow is not the word.

      Skottie - 2011-02-18 17:22

      Reading some of the other comments, I agree the public servants can be excellent IF they are under proper management with proper training!

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-18 18:06

    Talk, talk and more talk. Public servants are taking their que from parliament! Sleeping on the job!

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-18 18:39

    Mmister Baloyi! You are fired!

      Heks - 2011-02-18 21:09

      Mxhuma... If If only it were as easy as that. Mxhuma for Presidnt!!!

  • Madelane - 2011-03-07 12:23

    "Baloyi: Are public servants doing jobs?"....short answer....NO!!!

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