KZN MEC: No more corruption

2009-07-21 22:30

Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal local government and traditional affairs MEC Willies Mchunu on Tuesday promised a no-nonsense approach to corruption both in his department and municipalities.

"Any siphoning of public funds will be stopped in its tracks," he told a full sitting of the legislature while delivering his department's R1bn budget.

Mchunu acknowledged that corruption depleted resources meant for the poor and stifled service delivery.

"In dealing with corruption at all levels, we will be blind to political regalia, emblem and loyalty."

He also expressed an eagerness to work with law enforcement agencies in arresting criminals.

"I appeal to all those who are languishing in perpetual guilt for the way they abused taxpayers' money to desist, before we come down hard on them. No more corruption."

He advised delinquents to resign if they did not want to be arrested.

Part of strengthening the fight against corruption included establishing a Standing Committee on Public Accounts in all municipalities. Mchunu said this was at an advanced stage.