KZN lacks anti-graft policy, says IFP

2010-08-04 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party has accused the KwaZulu-Natal government of not having an anti-corruption policy.

This emerged during yesterday’s meeting between various law enforcement agencies and the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) in the KZN Legislature.

A statement by the IFP said KZN has no formal inter-departmental strategy to fight corruption.

“As a result of the institutional overcrowding and the lack of a comprehensive policy, individual cases of corruption are being handled by everyone and solved by no one,” said the IFP KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson on finance, Roman Liptak MPL.

“Reported cases of corruption are bouncing between individual institutions, which largely act as post offices dispatching recommendations to each other, if they act at all,” said Liptak.

“It is an indictment of this system that not a single corruption case has been successfully prosecuted in terms of the Public Finance Management Act since the enactment of this legislation in 1999.

“The lack of leadership in the fight against corruption at provincial level naturally translates into inaction at municipal level, where most councils lack such basics as codes of conduct for their employees,” Liptak added.

Ndabezinhle Sibiya, spokesperson for the premier’s office, countered that the premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has always advocated the need for a collective approach to fight corruption.

He said Mkhize has used the premier’s co-ordinating forum and other structures of the government to intensify the “United Front Against Crime” campaign.

Mkhize was quoted as saying, “It is through collective wisdom that we will be able to eradicate this scourge from our society. Therefore we welcome the contribution and inputs from all political parties, religious leaders, big business and the civil society in general.”

Sibiya said the government’s commitment to this cause was reaffirmed during the 2008 National Anti-corruption Forum’s third national anti-corruption summit.

“This summit adopted resolutions which now form the basis for the country’s anti-corruption strategy,” he said.

Sibiya said the government has been able to investigate corruption and those found to be guilty have been brought to book. The provincial government is meanwhile establishing anti-corruption forums across the province, with the provincial treasury’s internal audit unit joining hands with forensic organisations to investigate corruption in provincial departments and municipalities.

 

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