By Francois Rodgers, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance:
WHILE the DA in KZN welcomes the announcement that half a billion rand has been recovered from corrupt officials in the province, one can still only imagine the effect that theft of this magnitude has had on the poorest of poor and service delivery in the province.
The news, from KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu, confirms our belief that corruption within the ANC-led provincial government is rampant.
Apart from the obvious financial implications, there remain the issue of actions taken against implicated officials which the Premier has failed to address.
The DA will today submit a written parliamentary question to Premier Mchunu requesting full details of the offences and any subsequent action taken as a result.
We will also write to KZN Finance MEC, Belinda Scott in order to verify the figure quoted by the Premier and request details on where this collection has been reflected in the provincial budget.
Tender fraud and corruption is a cancer in society which must be systematically eradicated with those found guilty of such conduct blacklisted from being employed by the state.
History tells us that these same guilty officials are often simply redeployed to another department or province by the ANC, where many continue to siphon money from the public purse.
The DA calls upon Premier Mchunu and his ANC-led cabinet to implement a ‘blacklist’ register as a sign of political will and commitment towards removing corruption in KZN.
This register should further include any business or individuals found guilty of doing corrupt business with government.
In order to address the cancer of corruption the ANC must address the cause and not the symptom. If it does not do so this unacceptable criminal activity will never go away.