CORRUPTION TIP-OFFS IGNORED IN GAUTENG

Statement by Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

The Gauteng Provincial Government has finalised only 524 (37%) out of 1417 tip-offs from the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH). Feedback was received in 54% of cases, and the rest were simply ignored.

These shocking figures are from the Public Service Commission report presented yesterday (Tuesday 30 October) at a meeting of the Gauteng Legislature’s Oversight Committee on the Premier’s Office.

According to the PSC, the low percentage of closed cases dates from September 2004 when the NACH was started, and “confirms that there is a lack of capacity in departments to effectively investigate and conclude cases of alleged corruption.”

The Gauteng Roads and Transport Department received the highest number of corruption tip-offs, but only closed 184 (39%) out of 474 referred cases. The Education Department closed only 24% of 213 referred cases.

Responses of other departments were as follows:

Local Government and Housing – closed 37% of 293 referred cases Health and Social Development – closed 50% of 269 referred cases Community Safety – closed 34% of 93 referred cases Finance – closed 24% of 38 referred cases Agriculture & Rural Development – closed 58% of 12 referred cases Infrastructure Development – closed 0% of 9 referred cases Sports, Arts, Culture & Recreation – closed 17% of 6 referred cases Economic Development – closed 20% of 5 referred cases Office of the Premier – closed 0% 0f 1 referred case

There is an appalling lack of action on corruption tip-offs in Gauteng. This is partly because of incompetence, but probably also because investigation would hit top-level ANC politicians.

Premier Nomvula Mokoyane claims to be fighting corruption, but these figures show that she is failing dismally.

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