Fraudsters yet to face law

2010-01-20 00:00

MORE than 950 KwaZulu-Natal government employees, based in the departments of Education and Health, who fraudulently received social grants have yet to be disciplined.

Acting director-general for the pro­vince Roger Govender said that of 1 078 disciplinary cases in the Health Department, 547 cases have yet to be fina­lised, while of 849 cases in Education, 404 are outstanding.

Govender was making a presentation to the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) yesterday regarding outstanding matters from the Auditor-General’s 2008/09 report.

He said erra­tic attendance by departmental representatives at meetings of the task team has been a challenge, as has the late submission (or non-submission) of reports.

The chairperson of the provincial finance committee, Belinda Scott, said she had raised concerns over the matter with both departments a long time ago.

She said it was important for Scopa to establish just how much mo­ney was owing, and how much had been reco­vered.

Amichand Rajbansi (Minority Front) said civil servants should not be allowed to get away with defrauding the government; lengthy delays in bringing them to book gives government a poor image, he said.

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