THE biggest problem in government is that breaking the rules has become the norm because there are no consequences for public servants who do wrong, public protector Thuli Madonsela said yesterday.
Madonsela, who was speaking at the Boardwalk international convention centre in Port Elizabeth, said the problem was not that the laws were inadequate, but the leadership in government institutions was not making sure civil servants obeyed the rules.
In his address at the Association of Public Accounts Committees conference, Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo slammed MPs, saying they were not firm enough on public servants.
Dlodlo said there were recurring problems in departments, but parliament and legislatures often failed to exercise oversight.
Madonsela told the delegates government employees no longer feared having to account to politicians in public accounts committees, neither were they worried when an audit was being conducted.
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