Minister announces tough measures against govt fraudsters

2008-12-18 00:00

MORE than 300 provincial and local government officials countrywide will soon be arrested for swindling millions.

New Provincial and Local Government Minister Sicelo Shiceka has declared corruption to be one of his priorities.

Speaking during a wide-ranging interview with The Witness this week, Shiceka said he is considering preventing local and provincial officials participating in the procurement of services to prevent them embezzling government funds.

“Over 300 cases of corruption have been reported to me. I will soon have a meeting with the investigation unit because I want us to arrest these people.

“I believe that we will not win the battle against corruption if we do not remove the tendering process from the hands of the officials, because we have a situation where officials have companies that they award tenders to. Corruption is very high,” he said.

Shiceka said government is looking at forming committees that cannot be lobbied and corrupted. But he stressed that government will not bring back tender boards because they are too easily corrupted.

African National Congress president Jacob Zuma also recently raised concerns about the current tendering process, saying this allows politicians to get involved in serious corrupt activities.

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