Let me put it this way. Sir, you must not be selective in your praise. The bridge that the Minister was talking about here did not come about outside of the efforts of officials in the department. The people that you see up there in the gallery have experiences - both good and bad, of course. However, let's not be selective in the attributes that we ascribe to the entire Public Service. It is not appropriate ... [Interjections.] No, of course, it is true.
We are just saying that it is important to mention them in the work that is demonstrably visible out there. It is also precisely because of the hugeness of the task that mistakes are often committed, which we say we increasingly learn from on a regular basis.
You reckon that what happened in the department prompted the Special Investigating Unit, SIU, to investigate. No, sir, it didn't happen that way! We approached the President. He agreed with us that this investigation must take place because we, on our own, noticed that there were problems of corruption in certain instances. You have also not mentioned what you know about people who have been arrested, convictions that were established in this area and materials that indicated the proactive steps that the department has taken to investigate. You knew that, but you didn't talk about it. So, why do you produce selective information? [Applause.]