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Training on lifestyle reviews to eradicate corruption in the public service

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) says nearly 400 compliance officers and stakeholders have been trained to conduct lifestyle reviews in an effort to root out corruption in the public service.

The training took place after the establishment of the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Discipline Technical Assistance Unit (PAEIDTAU) in 2019, after President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a proclamation on the creation of unity.

After a year of mandatory lifestyle audits, 24 national departments and 14 provincial departments have finalized the lifestyle audits.

The unit is currently issuing non-compliance letters to departments that have not implemented the Lifestyle Revisions guide. The names of the departments were also communicated to the relevant parliamentary portfolio committee.

However, the unit also continues to provide technical support to the department to assess challenges.

In 2021, the unit also facilitated the training of approximately 210 public service employees as chairpersons and initiators of disciplinary cases, and will continue training during this fiscal year, using the relevant authority of the sector of the civil service. public service education and training.

For the current fiscal year, 98% of all Senior Management Service (SMS) members disclosed their financial interests in a timely manner. Other categories have not yet been disclosed for this fiscal year.

For the previous fiscal year, 54% of employees in Supply Chain Management, Finance Officers and Middle Management at levels 11 and 12 (including professional waiver) declared their financial interests.

Act against corruption

The unit was set up as part of the restructuring of the DPSA and contributes to Priority 1 of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTEF) 2019 – 2024 which is “A Capable, Ethical and Developmental State”. It has two key strategic priorities, namely, building an ethical public administration and fighting corruption in public administration.

At the launch of Public Service Month earlier this month, Acting Minister of Public Service and Administration Thulas Nxesi said public servants must lead by example and defend the freedom of the country. against the scourge of corruption.

“To win this war on corruption, we must speak out. We must lead by example as we fight corruption and build a capable, ethical and developmental state that puts people and their needs at the center of our work.

“We therefore encourage you to speak up and report any wrongdoing you may become aware of,” Nxesi said.

PAEIDTAU has previously assisted the South African Police Service and Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations. Currently, he assists the Investigation Department of the National Prosecuting Authority.

The unit also assists struggling departments and helps the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure establish its own ethics infrastructure.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)