The Public Service and Public Service Commission

Some Basic Principles

As the name implies, the Public Service exists to serve the public. Public servants are paid by the public and should serve the public impartially and in a professional manner, irrespective of their own political views or those of the members of the public with whom they are dealing.

On the other hand, the public service has a duty to put into effect the policies of the government of the day. It should also do this in a professional manner, bearing in mind that in a democracy the government may change and the incoming government may have different policies. The public service should implement the new government’s policies loyally and not seek to thwart the government.


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