Shortly before the May general election, the National Assembly passed two bills — the Public Administration Management Amendment Bill and the Public Service Amendment Bill —  ostensibly to depoliticise and professionalise the public service.

The department of public service & administration released a directive soon after the poll to  implement the 2022 National Framework on the Professionalisation of the Civil Service, and the New South Institute published two documents on the same subject, a white paper — ‘Beyond Political Discretion: Reforming SA’s Senior Civil Service’ — and a policy brief, ‘Towards a Merit-Based Senior Civil Service: Strategies for Reform in SA’...

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