Zuma: No state business for public servants

Zuma: No state business for public servants

2014-06-18 07:33

Cape Town - Government will introduce measures stopping officials from doing business with the state, President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday.

It would tackle government procurement, management and operations weaknesses, he said in his State of the Nation address.

"One of the key steps, which is already underway, is to centralise procurement under the... National Treasury."

Further, measures would be introduced to prevent public servants and public representatives from doing business with the state.

These would be supported by improved implementation of the financial disclosure framework, strengthened protection of whistle-blowers, and the provision of technical help to departments for the effective management of discipline.

Zuma said enforcement agencies had made good progress in fighting corruption.

"The Special Investigating Unit, the Anti-Corruption Task Team, the Asset Forfeiture Unit and the Hawks, have made notable progress in our quest to combat corruption in society broadly and in the public sector.

"This work will continue in the next five years."

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2014-06-18 07:36

    Family and friends excluded Mr Zuma? We wonder ...

      Yin Yang - 2014-06-18 08:04

      20 years of squandering has put SA in this state because of this exact thing he is trying to prevent...too late!!! Thank you Mr. President, family and friends for doing such a wonderful job!

      Ons Mense - 2014-06-18 08:06

      Centralize procurement under National Treasury...meaning, establish a shared services concept like Gauteng Shared Services under the Chief Procurement Office (Kenith Brown) in National Treasury....if you have ever seen something that will never ever work in Government ..this is it.

      Rejeanne Nel - 2014-06-18 08:16

      "centralise procurement" this should read "centralise tender fraud"

      Vaughan - 2014-06-18 08:40

      @Kobus Hattingh, it will go pretty much along the lines of "No state business for people without the surname Zuma"

      Nicholas Van Graan - 2014-06-18 08:49

      This was said in last years speech.

      Clinton Hiepner - 2014-06-18 09:06

      Sure - it means those who are given permission to loot millions and sometimes even billions of rands will be protected and not be prosecuted while those smaller fry that tries to loot a few hundred thousand will be prosecuted. Lets see Mr Zuma. The New Age that is being funded by government through legal channels such as government funded adds in their news papers and facilitating little breakfast between business, ministers and other well placed political connected induviduals does that not count in your little scenario or lets delve even deeper into Chansellors House direct involvement in procuring stakes in massive corporations who ends up getting billions of rands of government tenders - is that not one and the same? Its starts on top and has been instilled so deeply when you took over that chances of changing the status quo will have little to no effect.

      Revelgen - 2014-06-18 09:51

      Ha ha - so the fox will guard the hen coop...

      Andre Van Deventer - 2014-06-18 13:54

      Why is this addressed only now? This should have been implemented from the start as it has always been. Corruption is endemic to the ANC.

      Rob Martin - 2014-06-18 15:44

      Speak with forked tongue, business will be conducted with spouses and friend of friends.

  • Wade Andrew Mackintosh - 2014-06-18 07:37

    "The Special Investigating Unit, the Anti-Corruption Task Team, the Asset Forfeiture Unit and the Hawks, have made notable progress in our quest to combat corruption in society broadly and in the public sector." REALLY? - but zooma has put those who have charges against them back into parliament! How is combating corruption?

      sxp - 2014-06-18 08:23

      He is not.

  • Peace Sol - 2014-06-18 07:38

    Showerhead is contradicting himself, he once said there's nothing wrong with government employees doing business with the state.

      Lolo James - 2014-06-18 07:41

      @peace, A wiseman changes his mind.

      Tshivhenga Ndoe - 2014-06-18 07:50

      Great statesmen change their mind when appropriate, thats whats makes them different to mediocrity

      Peace Sol - 2014-06-18 07:51

      Lolo it was wrong of him to make such an irresponsible statement then because corruption shot up after he said that, he's not a wise man, if that's the case then Julius is a genius!

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-18 07:52

      @Lolo so does the devil he'll change his mind in a wink to convince you he's changed.

      Lolo James - 2014-06-18 07:59

      @jerome. Taking a look at the thawing relations between the Brits and the big bad Iran. Who would have believed that a few days ago. Me thinks the Brits are no devils unless if you are a boerevolk extremist

      Tshivhenga Ndoe - 2014-06-18 08:43

      @ Peace, That corruption ' shot up' is only in the destructive minds of msany DA supporters. Today, corruption, is a fraction as it was prior to 1994 No ' front companies' No secret Bank accounts, here and overseas No Minister of Finance with a secret Swiss Bank account No BILLIONS illegally leaving SA Etc

      Lolo James - 2014-06-18 08:52

      @ndoe. I am with you, spot on!

      Revelgen - 2014-06-18 09:54

      Ndoe, may I remind you that before 1994, everything WORKED. Eskom worked. Roads were fixed - with no e-tolls. Municipalities worked. And yes, even, if the Nats did do wrong things, does that make the tens of billions now stolen by the ANC quite OK now? Answer please.

  • Mapule Ellen Mahlulo - 2014-06-18 07:41

    That's is already in the PFMA, the MFMA and the PPFA.

      Tshegofatso Brian Pistol Sebola - 2014-06-18 08:01

      Even in the Treasury Regulations, it is very clearly stated that no govenment official or any related party/family member should do business with government. There are declaration of interest forms that all suppliers need complete indicating whether they are related to any government official. But there seem to be ways to get around the system through corruption. We really need to empower our people instead of just keeping the wealth to a limited few. Our economy will thus grow as a result through increased participation.

      Klaus Muller - 2014-06-18 08:45

      @Tshegofatso, as around 50 to 60% of RSA population have no, or do not know their father, how would one establish relationships without DNA checks - Just asking & stating the obvious!

      Tshegofatso Brian Pistol Sebola - 2014-06-18 13:13

      @Klaus,Always remember that not everything that comes into your head needs to come out your mouth. Obviously corruption occurs between knowing and willing parties.

  • Lulama Mbelwa - 2014-06-18 07:43

    Easier sad than done, I wonder if this will be done for real. Starting with his family

  • Shayne Janks Nicolas - 2014-06-18 07:45

    But HE is most guilty! I suppose this will apply to everyone EXCEPT Zumas cronies. They have all already enriched themselves! No one is held accountable for anything under ZUMA especially HIMSELF! Lead by example you FOOL!

  • Thobi Milano Pheto - 2014-06-18 07:46

    What about the big one

  • Gluteus Maximus - 2014-06-18 07:47

    The circle of the select few are getting smaller.

      Jurie Nel - 2014-06-18 07:59

      This is about the best comment so far.

      sxp - 2014-06-18 08:25

      Nope, he actually made their regime even bigger this time around, thus more bribes, more theft and a lot more corruption.

  • rory - 2014-06-18 07:49

    Hahaha. Wake up Boet, this is unstoppable, it is Africa's culture.

  • Lerato Rato - 2014-06-18 07:54

    Hiv does affect brain cells.

  • Lilly Phogole - 2014-06-18 07:55

    this includes also members of your Administraion right?

  • Otto Magadla - 2014-06-18 07:56

    We need real change to this.

  • Wayne Anthony Faulds - 2014-06-18 08:03

    And no mention of family's of state officials? Aha, JZ, you crafty old bugger. Throwing us all a bone but not really dealing with the key issue

  • Dion Roder - 2014-06-18 08:04

    Zuma did not say anything he or his psychophants (deliberately misspelt) haven't said before. I am sure very little will come of it like before. Milking of the economy by the politicians and the other gravytrainers. To really get the economy moving ineffeciency in the government service will have to be addressed, which will never happen. So SOS by our government

  • Wayne Piper - 2014-06-18 08:06

    Somehow I don't believe him...

  • lloyd.venske - 2014-06-18 08:08

    The biggest crook just incriminated himself!!!

  • Herbert Smith - 2014-06-18 08:12

    DREAM ON !

  • Garry Emerton - 2014-06-18 08:23

    well it did not stop you stealing funds for your private home did it?

  • sxp - 2014-06-18 08:23

    They will however still get their BRIBES, as per the African way and the track-record of the cANCer.

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-06-18 08:25

    Never. This is how they all make cash.

  • Jan Hendrik Beukes - 2014-06-18 08:27

    We've heard what showerhead has to say, now let's see what he does ... Still think if no.1 wants south africans to have peace of mind regarding corruption he should let the hawks investigate Nkandla and not just one individual. See how long he lasts then as our president.

  • Van Chez - 2014-06-18 08:35

    He has already made his billions, why does he care? This is a smoke screen for more scandal! please Zuma stop trying to pull the wool over the country's eyes!!

  • Susan Paul - 2014-06-18 08:40

    I am left specchless everytime zumba opens his mouth...

  • Stephen King - 2014-06-18 08:41

    So when are they coming to impound your compound Inkandla to auction off to refund the taxpayer

  • June Francis - 2014-06-18 08:41

    Its not the public servants but their friends and families ( that are not qualified ) that get the business. Thats what needs to be stopped. How will national treasury know if suppliers are related to the public servant. Really this measure is really short sighted. I hope that this measure includes your friends and family too Mr Zuma.

  • Stuart Lidstone - 2014-06-18 08:42

    Centralise under one dept. Mmmm. Just me or does that sound like another super sized gravy train?

  • Vince Muller - 2014-06-18 09:13

    This is good news.... so, the taxi industry could at last be something of the past

  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-06-18 09:27

    And Public protector too has made good progress in fightin corruption....but all its finding it's just neglected nd ignored. So wat you is he talkin about????ofcourse they centralising it so that now they hav full control over all of them...i smell more corruption

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-06-18 09:52

    Yes Kobus...all these measures exclude number one and his friends and family and ANC cadres !!!

  • Joe Black - 2014-06-18 11:09

    Great! But why couldn't they tackle it from the start? Coming now at this time when things are dire... This may as well be taken as a confession that their corrupt private Agenda was harming the country.

  • stefan.strydom.902 - 2014-06-18 12:05

    Jirre, jou dom schmuck!! You said the same tosh 5 years ago!! Lame duck!!

  • Littlegiant Nkhalamba - 2014-06-18 12:23

    As long as you are not a public servant (state/provincial employee), you'll be allowed to tenderpreneur....that means sons, daughters, cousins, friends and nephews can and will do business with the state. Can these people be used by public servants? Can fraud therefore be stopped by these measures? I doubt..

  • Colin Ashby - 2014-06-18 17:14

    The opposite will happen when he speaks

  • Johan Kieser - 2014-08-29 20:51

    this is hilarious - crooks watching the crooks - for the next five years? Get myself a job on he gravy train - then I steal and enjoy all the perks, do little work if anything - caught out, suspended with full pay and eventually dismissed with a golden handshake - crime pays in the government, that is for sure

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