Civil servants won’t do business with govt from today – Mabuza

2013-03-01 15:05

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No civil servant will be allowed to do business with government, effective from today, Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has announced.

Mabuza said during the state of the province address that his government was intensifying its fight against corruption.

“Our gloves are off to those implicated in fraud and corruption. The government, working in partnership with law enforcement agencies, responds to cases mostly reported to the Presidential Hotline and the Public Service Commission Anti-Fraud and Corruption Hotline,” he said.

Mabuza said, according to the Public Service Commission’s August 2012 study, Mpumalanga registered the highest rate in investigating and closing reported cases.

In 2012/13, approximately 334 officials were charged for doing business with provincial government and municipalities.

Approximately 56 officials were charged with fraud and corruption.

What Mabuza did not say:

1. Mabuza has still not come out in public about the outcomes of the commission of inquiry he appointed to investigate the inflation of prices in the construction of the R161 million archive building.

The commission finished its work about two years ago, but Mabuza has not made its findings public. He has not even indicated when the building would be occupied.

Preliminary reports found that the initial contract of R94?million jumped to R164 million when it was awarded to Lumkani/Stefanutti JV, in which Mabuza’s ex-wife, Ruth Silinda, had an interest.

2. Mabuza spoke at length about the scourge of corruption but he was silent about the Mbombela Stadium corruption trial.

The Hawks arrested Kaizer Chief boss, Bobby Motaung, and his partner at Lefika Emerging Equity, Herbert Theledi, and former chief executive officer, Chris Grip, for alleged fraud valued at R143 million.

Former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla was also charged for alleged tender fraud valued at R920 million. The municipality’s speaker, Jimmy Mohlala, was assassinated in 2009 while fighting the tender corruption.

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