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27 former DGs call for state capture probe to 'stem out rot' in public service

A group of 27 former directors-general have reportedly submitted a letter in which they call for a commission of inquiry into state capture in South Africa.

The former civil servants addressed the letter to Ministers of Finance, Public Service and Administration, and the Presidency.

One of the signatories is Bongiwe Njobe, who served as Director General in the Department of Agriculture from 1997 until 2004.

Njobe explains that the standard of professionalism in the public service has come into question amid state capture allegations.

We think that the issues that are currently in the media and the sate of the public service is a matter of public concern.

Bongiwe Njobe, former Director General in the Department of Agriculture

She says that legislation known as the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act will allow the inquiry to "stem out the rot."

We are raising the fact that there are laws within government to help the system self-correct.

Bongiwe Njobe, former Director General in the Department of Agriculture

Njobe advises that the probe will aim to focus on administrative failures, rather than political battles.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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