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Public Administration Bill under fire

Lindiwe Sisulu says government will contest any court challenge to the bill passed on Wednesday.

Public Administration and Services Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

CAPE TOWN - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says government will contest any court challenge to the Public Administration Management Bill.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday after the Democratic Alliance (DA) staged a walkout in protest over no debate being allowed for it.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) and Independent Democrats also slammed the lack of debate on a bill that will have far-reaching implications.

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) also opposed the bill complaining of flouted procedures.

The DA is concerned the bill interferes with provincial powers.

But Sisulu says if it comes to a court battle, the government will fight it.

"We will go to court. We are absolutely convinced that we have not left a stone unturned to ensure that the constitutionality of this bill is really above any doubt."

The bill provides for the secondment of national and provincial officials to local government to beef up capacity.

It bans state employees from doing business with government and compels them to declare family members who have state contracts.