PSC investigating Manyi appointment - FF+

Anton Alberts says cabinet spokesperson is horribly conflicted


The Public Service Commission, following a complaint by the Freedom Front Plus, confirmed that it would be investigating Jimmy Manyi's appointment as head of the Government's Communications Service in terms of the Public Service Act 103 of 1994.

According to Adv. Anton Alberts, the Parliamentary spokesperson on Labour for the Freedom Front Plus, the Public Service Commission will be investigating whether Mr. Manyi had declared his interests by the 30th April 2010 in terms of the Declaration of Financial Interests Framework (as contained in public service regulations), whether there are any conflict of interests with regard to his declared interests and whether he had permission from the executive management of his department to undertake paid work outside of his public service position.

"The FF Plus has information that Manyi is involved in various organisations and companies outside of his public service position and that is why it is gladdening to know that he will be formerly investigated. It is especially his chairmanship of the Black Management Forum (BMF) which deserves attention due to the tendency to carry the ideological views of the organisation into the public service. It is generally well-known that the content of the Labour Amendment Act is based upon the views of Manyi and the BMF and that is unacceptable," Alberts said.

According to the FF Plus' info Manyi has the following positions other than his public service position:

1. President of the Black Management Forum (BMF);

2. President of the Black Management Forum's investment arm, the BMFI;

3. President of the Confederation of Black Business Organisations (CBBO);

4. Non-executive director of various companies and boards of directors, such as IBM, South Africa and Meegbank.

The FF Plus has always maintained that Manyi is not suitable to hold a public position. The events of recent times around the race comments once again confirmed the party's opinion. Hopefully the investigation will finally lead to Manyi's firing and bring an end to the state's wasting of taxpayer's money through the appointment of incompetent officials.

Statement issued by Adv. Anton Alberts,  FF Plus parliamentary spokesperson: Labour, April 21 2011

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