Govt officials barred from doing business with state from 2017

Employees have until January to either relinquish their interests or resign from the public service.

FILE: Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Government officials will be barred from doing business with the state as of next year.

The Governance and Administration cluster led by Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi briefed the media on progress in the implementation of the National Development Plan.

He told reporters that the reviewed Public Service Regulations includes clauses that prohibit government officials being directors of companies in business with state organs.

Ramatlhodi says that a circular has been issued to all public servants asking them to disclose any business dealings with government.

He says those employees have until January to either relinquish their interests or resign from the public service.

Ramatlhodi adds officials who fail do to so will be fired.

He says the revised regulation also prevents public servants from accepting gifts, which can be regarded as bribes.