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GAUTENG Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says public servants must not have business contracts with the government.
"Civil servants must remain civil servants and politicians must remain politicians. One has to make the choice whether you want to be civil servants or businesspeople. You cannot be both," Mokonyane said yesterday.
The Public Service Administration has proposed a law that bans public servants from taking jobs with companies involved or seeking business deals with the government.
The Public Administration Management Bill was proposed after the Auditor-General's report revealed that companies owned or linked to public servants have been benefiting from government business amounting to R600 million.
Mokonyane said the public expected public servants to have higher moral ethics. "Those of us who are in these positions must have a different conscience and values."
But she, also blamed the scourge of corruption on business.
"For every corruptee there is a corruptor. The private sector targets our people in key positions, enticing them with money."
Mokonyane also blamed the instability ravaging the Ekurhuleni municipality on lack of administrative and political leadership.
Ekurhuleni is the municipality in Gauteng with the highest turnover of mayors.
Mokonyane admitted that fighting among party and government leaders had undermined development in the area.