The complicity of audit firm KPMG in corrupt activities showed that the private sector also had to be censured, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Monday. The blurring of political positions and administrative roles had contributed to the weakening of public institutions, he said. Compounded by mass outsourcing, it had underpinned the growth of patronage networks in the government. Jonas was addressing the Public Service Association (PSA) annual general meeting. The PSA, which represents more than 230,000 public service workers, has been vocal in its opposition to state capture and corruption. "If you can’t make that distinction between a political position and an administrative position or professional one, we are messed up in terms of capacity building," he said. Jonas said after the meeting recent events pointing to wrongdoing by private businesses including KPMG, meant "we should not only censure the public sector, but the private sector too". SA had to build a...

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