New DG to fight corruption

2010-06-04 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’s new director-general and former Scorpion official, Nhlanhla Ngidi­, has promised to make the office of the Premier a springboard in the fight against corruption in KwaZulu-Natal in all spheres of government.

Ngidi, the former head of the Scorpions crime analysis division, revealed this in an exclusive interview with The Witness recently, before officially starting in his new job­ as the number-one civil servant in the province­.

Ngidi’s appointment was greeted by protests­ from other KZN parties­ which described­ it as yet another “cadre­ deployment” because of his previous links with the ANC.

Before venturing into the private sector Ngidi was an ANC member of the provincial legislature and also a top member of Umkhonto­ we Sizwe during the struggle against apartheid.

Ngidi said his plan is to ensure that the fight against corruption in the province is lead and co-ordinated by the top — the office of the Premier . It will be directing anti-corruption activities in all spheres of the government.

“As a province we must have a clear anti-corruption strategy and to do that we need to establish a united front led by the office of the Premier.

“The director-general together with heads of departments must work out the strategy and manner of co-operation between the government and law-enforcement agencies in the fight against corruption. I don’t believe in fighting corruption in a piecemeal fashion — it must be led from one point,” Ngidi said.

He said that the time for lazy civil servants is over in KwaZulu-Natal “as this office will not tolerate any form of laziness”.

“This office [the director-general] must be capacitated in such a manner that it has a dashboard view of all programmes within the province so that it can provide guidance and conduct activities in an effective manner.”

Premier Zweli Mkhize welcomed the appointment of the new director-general and said: “The process was fair, transparent and followed all the recruitment practices as outlined by the government’s human resources policy. The new director-general is firm, humble and a dedicated civil servant who will bring stability to the provincial administration.

“He will be central to all activities of the provincial administration, more especially, in terms of ensuring effective co-ordination of the work of the government’s departments in relation to the provision of services to our people,” said Mkhize.

 

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