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Over 130 Eastern Cape civil servants illegally doing business with government

Feb 28, 2019
Over 130 Eastern Cape civil servants illegally doing business with government

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has revealed that a total of 132 Eastern Cape civil servants are unlawfully engaged with business dealings with the province and national government

"How do they think that they can get away with this? This is simply an extension of state capture!" said Bobby Stevenson (MPL), DA Eastern Cape Shaodw MEC for Finance.

"This is according to a response to a question for written replyfrom MEC for Finance and Provincial Expenditure, Oscar Mabuyane, who reported that 120 civil servants were doing business with the province, while a further 12 were doing business with national government.

"This is unlawful!"

132 Eastern Cape civil servants 'double dipping'

Stevenson said that the biggest culprits are in the Education Department, where 76 civil servants were doing business with the province, followed by the Health Department where there were 42.

"Firm disciplinary action needs to be taken against those who are unlawfully doing business with the province," he said.

"The systems used to identify civil servants who have dealings with state institutions also need to be expanded to evaluate municipal contracts.

"One cannot be allowed to double dip. You are either a civil servant, or you are a business person. When civil servants do business with the province, it opens the flood gates for corruption and maladministration."

Stevenson added that the Eastern Cape needs to deal with this situation firmly and decisively!

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