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'Public servants working for govt is conflictual'

Lindiwe Sisulu seeks to change the law to ban state employees from doing business with government.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hopes to change the law so state employees are banned from doing business with government. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Thursday said government would move quickly to amend the law, so state employees are banned from doing business with government.

The move is supported by the Public Service Commission and the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

The commission has said its data shows financial misconduct between 2010 and 2011 cost the state close to R1 billion.

Sisulu said the legislation must be amended.

"The level of public servants' private responsibilities are conflictual with their responsibilities in the state is alarmingly high.

"And we felt that this environment is very conducive to a corruptive environment, and therefore we needed to remove it."

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