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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that although it’s taken seven years for the government to introduce lifestyle audits for all public servants, this will begin in February 2022 in a bid to prevent and detect fraud and corruption in the public service and to ensure employees’ lifestyles are in line with their declared income.

The audits have been in the pipeline since the 2014 establishment of the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit, within the Department of Public Service & Administration (DPSA). According to Public Service Commission (PSC) commissioner Michael Seloane, the audits will focus on all workers in the public service, starting in February 2022 for employees at the PSC. Seloane said on Tuesday: “Sometimes the only clue to illicit activities is a sudden, unexplained change in an employee’s lifestyle. The lifestyle audit is, therefore, a critical management tool to identify staff members who, based on extravagant lifestyles, may potentially be engaging in illicit activities.” The compulsory guidelines for all audits of public servants in national and provincial departments, as well as state-owned enterprises, were approved by former DPSA Minister Senzo Mchunu in April 2021. The unit has trained 42 ethics officers on the risk-based verification of financial disclosures (lifestyle reviews). The audits will include reports from various databases to provide a snapshot of the financial profile of public servants. Training material has been developed with the assistance of the Canadian government.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thando Maeko at BusinessLive

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