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Public Service Commission Build Relationships with UKZN

2011/10/31 10:06:54 AM

The KZN Provincial Administration resident Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the South African Public Service Commission delivered a lecture to Masters’ students in the School of Public Administration and Development Management at UKZN.

In an effort to foster relationships between government departments and the University, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Administration resident Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the South African Public Service Commission (PSC), Ms Phelele Tengeni, addressed Masters’ students in the School of Public Administration at a guest lecture.

Tengeni, a UKZN alumnus, encouraged students to enjoy their academic independence, saying she was heartened to see the young group of students as it ‘represents the hope of a better Public Service’.

One of the Masters students, Ms Thabi Mfeka, who spoke on behalf of the group, said they were privileged to have Tengeni spend time with them.

The lecture focused on ethical foundations in the Public Service. Tengeni said South Africa should not experience ethical problems as it had an excellent ethics infrastructure, adding that government departments did not have whistle blowing policies in place and people who reported corruption were afraid of being victimised.

Tengeni said investigations were underway to root out government employees abusing public resources and the commission had just finalised cases of financial misconduct which had cost government about R3 million.

She said the commission had started doing unannounced visits to check on the backlog of cases in the courts.

The PSC is an independent and impartial body created by the Constitution to enhance good governance within the Public Service by promoting a professional and ethical environment and adding value to a public administration that is accountable, equitable, efficient, effective, corruption-free and responsive to the needs of the people of South Africa. The PSC and the Public Protector have a Memorandum of Understanding with the PSC handling cases which relate to public servants while the Public Protector investigates anybody including politicians.

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