Mkhize: Heavy crack down on civil servants

2013-03-01 00:00

BIG brother is checking up on KwaZulu-Natal civil servants.

They are being screened as part of a drive to crack down on corruption.

Premier Zweli Mkhize said that more than 5 871 officials had undergone security screenings.

Presenting his state of the province address (Sopa) yesterday, Mkhize said that the vetting of civil servants was one of the resolutions adopted at the Provinces 2011 Integrity Leadership conference.

According to the premier, the fight against corruption had seen the provincial administration institute 149 investigations into the awarding of tenders.

Over 200 disciplinary hearings had been conducted resulting in the dismissal of 29 officials.

A total of 99 criminal cases were reported to the police and 67 disciplinary hearings were under way.

“The message is loud and clear: fraud and corruption shall never be tolerated,” Mkhize said.

He added that the police had handled 2 033 cases of fraud and corruption and 16 forensic investigations instituted in 2012/13.

“Between April and December last year they processed 433 dockets involving R449 536 121 and 389 cases have been through the courts, many resulting in convictions,” he said.

The premier was silent on the promises he made last year on the fight against corruption.

He made no mention about a new data base of companies doing business with government to eliminate fronting. “Those found to be guilty will be blacklisted,” he said at the time.

Mkhize also did not mention whether Provincial Treasury had investigated the possibility of introducing laws barring civil servants from doing business with government, an issue he raised in the 2012 state of the province address.

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