Mkhize: ‘KZN leads in the fight against corruption’

2009-09-07 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL has the highest number of reported cases of fraud and corruption, Premier Zweli Mkhize said on Friday.

According to the premier, this revelation follows the Public Service Commission’s report released last week. Contrary to media reports last week that KZN is the most corrupt province, Mkhize said that “in fact KZN leads in the fight against corruption”.

Mkhize said that this is in line with the KZN government’s commitment to root out the scourge of fraud and corruption by encouraging the public at large to blow the whistle and co-operate with law enforcement agencies to send the culprits to prison.

“We are encouraged that our province reported the highest number of cases and this clearly demonstrates its vigilance,” he said.

The province’s anti-corruption measures can be replicated across the country, he said.

“Indeed, on a daily basis, we receive feedback from the public, determined to work together with the government to identify potentially criminal activities,” he said.

In his State of the Province address, Mkhize committed the new provincial government to good governance and clean administration. He committed to put in place programmes aimed at preventing fraud and corruption and to take the necessary action in cases of wrong-doing.

Mkhize condemned the practice of officials supposed to be serving the public who fraudulently siphon funds from government.

He said that the auditor-general is in the process of doing a conflict of interests audit, which will determine the extent to which companies owned by government officials are involved in tenders in different government departments.

The report is being finalised and will be handed over to the premier. Depending on the findings of the audit, appropriate action will be taken.

The office of the premier, said Mkhize, is currently working closely with the internal audit section in the Provincial Treasury to monitor fraud and corruption in the public sector.

The process of appointing the ombudsman in the office of the premier is being fast-tracked. The ombudsman will receive and investigate complaints from the public, added Mkhize.

“KwaZulu-Natal will be at the forefront of the fight against corruption …” said Mkhize.

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