Today marks the national launch of the Constitutional Values and Principles (CVPs), held at the main campus of The University of South Africa (UNISA), in Pretoria.
The launch was under the theme; Building a Values-Driven Public Service Through Ethical Leadership for Service Delivery. The Constitutional Values and Principles are a part of Public Service hence them being launched during the month of Public Service.
The CVPs’ principles are to: promote professional ethics; be a representative administration; foster transparency; have impartial, fair and equitable services; be a development-oriented public administration; be efficient and to respond to people’s needs.
The public servants present at the launch signed a pledge to embrace and live by the Constitutional Values and Principles. In the Pledge they signed to espousing the fundamental values of the South African Constitution; endorsing the Bill of Rights in Chapter 2 of the Constitution as a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa and to also embrace all the constitutional
principles including those in Section 195.
Public Service Commissioner, Dr Mpilo Sithole, pointed out that as public servants they should serve the people as citizens and not as customers, that public service should be about civil duty and that they should go back to the basics of public service.
Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, added that public service is a noble profession and that public servants should not steal from the people. She said that productivity is something that should not be worried about but valuing the people is what should be done since without them there is no public service, public service concerns them.