Cape Town - Senior South African bureaucrats are now registered on a public service “e-Disclosure” system which was introduced earlier this year to track their business interests.
This was divulged in a written reply by Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane to DA MP Joe McGluwa, who asked whether he would extend a probe of the business interests of public service officials by requesting the South African Revenue Service (Sars) to conduct lifestyle audits.
Chabane said the e-Disclosure system “gives a comprehensive picture of an employee’s fixed assets, ownership of vehicles, shares, directorship, partnership, consultancies or retainership in any corporate entity”.
The system applied to directors, chief directors, deputy directors-general and directors-general.No room to hide from taxman
The e-Disclosure system was linked to the Sars database to facilitate the monitoring of business interests “and other sources of income of public servants going forward for the purpose of determining any conflict of interest”.
The department was also reviewing public service regulations in order to extend the e-Disclosure system to include other categories of bureaucrats - including those in middle management and junior management.
In addition formal requests could be made to Sars for full lifestyle audits of any public servant, should suspicious transactions be identified.