PSC hits back at DA over anti-corruption forum meeting claims

2016-07-06 22:30
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Cape Town - The Public Service Commission on Wednesday said it is not responsible for the convening of meetings of the National Anti-Corruption Forum and had not failed in its constitutional mandate.

This after DA shadow minister of public service and administration Annette Lovemore on Tuesday said she would write to the portfolio committee for the PSC to appear before Parliament to answer why the NACF had not met in four years.

PSC communications manager Ricardo Mahlakanya countered that the PSC was the secretariat of the NACF and served at the behest of the chairperson of the NACF and other principal members to convene the forum. 

"It is therefore inaccurate to say that the PSC is responsible for convening meetings of the NACF and had failed in its constitutional mandate and that the NACF is under the PSC," he said.

This after Lovemore stated the NACF falls under the PSC.

The PSC was mandated to, among others, promote a "high standard of professional ethics in the public service", Mahlakanya continued. 

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"This is achieved through various research reports, the promotion of the code of conduct for the public service, and the management of the financial disclosure framework for senior managers in the public service."

Mahlakanya said the PSC was accountable to Parliament and was distressed that Lovemore as "a member of the portfolio committee on public service and administration as well as performance, monitoring and evaluation, to which it reports, could mount… a frontal, public and negative attack on the integrity of the PSC based on a misperception of its mandate and without even checking the facts with it".

Lovemore on Tuesday said the NACF's failure to meet in four years was "indicative of the ANC government's hollow commitment to fighting corruption in the public service and elsewhere".

The NACF consisted of business, civil society, and government representatives, with each sector represented by 10 members.

Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba on Tuesday confirmed the NACF had not been able to meet since December 10 2012, despite several attempts being made to convene.

This, he said, was due to the unavailability of key representatives from the various sectors.

The DPSA had not budgeted funds for the forum, as the PSC served as the secretariat to the NACF and was responsible for all logistical arrangements and support to the work of the governance structure of the NACF, Nkwamba said.

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