No more private work for Eastern Cape health officials

JANUARY 30, 2015

The Eastern Cape Department of Health has reportedly banned its employees from engaging in private business outside government without pre-approval from the department, its spokesman said on Thursday.  

“All employees are [now] not allowed to do business or any remunerative work outside public service without prior approval from the Superintendent General of the department.  

“This directive seeks to ensure that all employees focus their energies in acceleration of service delivery to the people of the province and ensure that the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution are not compromised,” Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told the Citizen.

Abusing the system and taking patients' lives for granted

It appears that the decision to ban employees from private work came after the department had received numerous complaints that patients had to wait in long queues because the officials were doing work elsewhere during working hours.  

In the worst cases, health professionals were reportedly taking leave days to do private work - even outside of the Eastern Cape Province. 

Kupelo said any employee who currently traded with the provincial government or had an interest in a business, company or entity that traded with the provincial government must declare so in writing to the departmental superintendent general and the accounting officer of the department they or the company traded with.