Corrupt Limpopo officials evading the law

Jacques Smalle

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

In a recent parliamentary reply (Click here), the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), indicates that Limpopo municipalities suspended 71 crooked officials.

This probably only represents the tip of the iceberg, and given the extent of maladministration and irregular expenditure in Limpopo, we would expect many more officials to have been suspended from office.

But most worrying, is that only four of these 71 officials have been found charged at the SAPS. This means that more than 40 of the 71 suspended officials have effectively gotten away without facing the law. They can easily be redeployed to other government jobs, and they don’t have to face serious consequences for their actions.

We believe that he root of this problem remains the fact that Limpopo state employees can freely do business with government, creating opportunities for corruption and self-enrichment at the expense of the state coffers. It must end.

The Auditor General recently also found that Limpopo had the highest number of officials who do business with the state without authorisation.

It is clear that ANC is not serious about fighting corruption and holding officials fully accountable and  the people of Limpopo suffer for it.

I will write to the Premier today to reiterate our request that he implements a bill to stop statement employees from doing business with government. It has worked in the Western Cape and it will work to stop corruption in Limpopo.