Gauteng loses millions while officials go unpunished

By Mike Moriarty MPL, DA Chief Whip in the Gauteng Legislature:

Only 3% of Gauteng Provincial Government officials involved in 122 cases of financial misconduct amounting to R67 million are facing criminal charges, while others remain largely unpunished.

According to a report by the Public Service Commission (PSC) the number of financial misconduct cases in Gauteng has increased from 91 to 122 in the 2014/15 financial year.

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Officials in the departments of health and infrastructure were the worst offenders, with 69 and 12 cases respectively.

The PSC has indicated that theft and corruption account for 63% of all financial misconduct cases in the province.

Given these dire figures, it brings into question the sincerity of Gauteng Premier, David Makhura’s commitment to being a proactive Government and taking a hard line against offending officials.

The DA will submit questions to the premier to establish why so few officials have been criminally charged, and what internal disciplinary action was taken against those not charged.

Premier Makhura must start walking his tough talk, or else he will risk losing his credibility.