These Regulations appear as Government Notice No R 1138, in Government Gazette No 41203 dated 27 October 2017 (“the ‘new’ Regulations”).
The “new” Regulations supra repeal and replace the SAPS Employment Regulations, 2008 that appeared as Government Notice No R 973 dated 12 September 2008, in Government Gazette No 31412 similarly dated.
The heading of Chapter 2 of these “new” Regulations is “Conduct, financial disclosure, anti-corruption and ethics management”. However, it actually contains nothing new. Well-known and often used words and/or expressions appear (once again) in Chapter 2. For example, “be faithful to the RSA”; “honour and abide by the Constitution and all other law”; “put the public interest first”; “be familiar with all legislation”; “be polite, helpful and reasonably accessible in his/her dealings with the public”; “do not contravene the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004”; “immediately report to the relevant authorities, fraud, corruption, nepotism, maladministration and any other act which constitutes a contravention of any law (including, but not limited to, a criminal offence) or which is prejudicial [Afrikaans: “bevooroordeeld/nadelig”] to the interest of the public, which comes to his/her [SAPS’s employees’] attention during the course of his/her employment in the public service”; and “refrain from favouring relatives and friends in work-related activities and not abuse his/her authority, or influence another employee, nor be influenced to abuse his/her authority”.
(Emphasis added and words in square brackets inserted by Pollex. Words in round brackets are those of the compiler of the “new” Regulations.)
This looks beautiful on paper. However, we don’t live, move, play and/or drive motor vehicles on paper - we do it on land, floors, grass, roads and streets! So let us do all these beautiful things on the latter!
These “new” Regulations came into operation on 27 October 2017.