By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:
The DA is deeply disappointed in the Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha for failing to implement legislation to prevent government officials doing business with the state and to avoid corruption and bribes.
According to the South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey report conducted by the Ethics Institutes of SA released earlier this week, it was revealed that Limpopo comes out tops in terms of officials demanding bribes at a staggering 48 %. Avoidance of traffic fines , applications for jobs, tenders and driver’s licenses as well as illicit discounts from business or stealing from states are cited as reasons for bribes.
The DA is not surprised by the report as we have been calling upon Premier Mathabatha to crack the whip on officials and blacklist all companies in which government officials/family members have an interest, to prevent these companies from doing business with the state but our calls were dismissed.
Under the Jacob Zuma’s regime, officials did business with the state and entities in excess of R1 billion as this regime puts the ANC first and the citizens second.
The report proves that Premier Mathabatha failed to initiate plans to fight against corruption and bribes by holding officials accountable for their corrupt deeds.
The DA is the only political party that governs which implements fair and transparent tender processes, where all entrepreneurs can bid fairly to receive business opportunities from government.
Where the DA governs, public officials are held to a strict code of conduct and timeously submit their financial and assets disclosure reports.
It is high time that Premier Mathabatha not only vigorously implements the Public Administration Management Act of 2014 but also actively encourage members of the public and honest officials to come forward and expose corrupt officials.