Cronjé stresses use of systems to make corruption difficult

2012-03-10 00:00

TO curb fraud and corruption in government there has to be systems in place, KZN Finance MEC Ina Cronjé.

The MEC said she was a firm believer in systems which made it difficult for people to commit crime. “For me this is the starting point to have our checks and balances in place.”

Cronjé said KZN Treasury had initiated a number of processes in a drive towards clean governance. In 2010 they started a big cleanup of the provincial suppliers database. Treasury got everyone to re-register and to take in authentic copies of relevant documents. The process entailed checking if the names and addresses and documents were authentic.

She said they were in a process of going through every single contract on the province’s IT system. They were aware that the system had the potential to be a source of leakages and enormous steps have been taken to tighten up the IT system. In addition there was a whole unit for internal auditing and risk management, which besides monitoring provincial finances also conducts investigations.

“Just a few days ago two people were dismissed from Social Development and told to go away,” she said. They were told that they can never work in government again.

Cronjé added that the province also had a very good tracking system of all those who were fingered for corruption. They know how many were being investigated, how many had been charged, how many had been found guilty, what were the prospects of recovering money and what money was being recovered.

Another initiative being investigated was how to get all civil servants to declare their interests and not only those at management level.

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