Corruption: ‘over 1?000 in KZN charged’

2011-11-22 00:00

MORE than 1 000 KZN civil ser­vants face fraud and corruption charges involving over R529 million.

These shocking figures were revealed by Premier Zweli Mkhize at an integrity conference in Durban yesterday.

Mkhize gave the keynote address at the start of the two-day conference organised by his office.

He said 1 024 fraud and corruption cases against public servants have been investigated — 755 have been reported for prosecution while others are at various disciplinary stages.

He said the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is investigating 558 procurement contracts to the value of R1,9 billion and 360 cases of conflict of interest where R3,4 billion is involved.

Mkhize said fraud and corruption is also rife in the private sector. A KPMG study revealed that fraud cases have increased from 55 869 in 2003/2004 to 88 000 reported cases in the 2010/2011 financial year.

Another form of corruption involving public servants is fraudulent claiming of social grants. Between April 2010 and March 2011, the amount stolen from the poor was over R3 million.

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