Mkhize announces new steps to fight civil service corruption

2012-02-22 00:00

PREMIER Zweli Mkhize yesterday announced additional measures to combat corruption in the province’s public service, including a possible judicial commission of inquiry.

Mkhize said the auditor-general had exposed a number of government officials who were doing business with their own or other departments.

The Treasury had introduced a measure requiring all public servants, including junior staff, to declare their business interests.

Some departments had already made it mandatory for all staff to declare their business interests, and this would be rolled out to all government departments in the new financial year, Mkhize pledged.

His office and the provincial treasury would monitor compliance.

“Because of the substantial number of employees who get implicated, we are considering additional mechanisms to fight fraud and corruption, including the possibility of setting up a judicial commission to investigate fraud and corruption.”

But because of the “complexity of the matter”, the details would be annunced only “after a thorough evaluation”.

Mkhize made no reference to the politically sensitive Amigos trial, in which the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism and the speaker of the provincial legislature are among the accused.

On the allegations in the Manase report of fraud, corruption and maladministration in the eThekwini Municipality, Mkhize would only say: “We want people to respect due processes and deal with issues in respect of those due processes.”

On the government’s internal disciplinary processes, which were bolstered by the services of retired Judge President Vuka Tshabalala, he said.

 A special task team had ensured the finalisation of the 104 long-standing misconduct cases reported in the 2010/11 financial year. Twenty-one public servants were dismissed for fraud.

 In the 2011/12 financial year a total of 1 662 cases of misconduct were dealt with and 1 220 were finalised. While 410 public servants were currently facing disciplinary hearings, 23 officials were dismissed and 47 others were suspended pending disciplinary action.

 On cases involving senior officials in complicated transactions, Mkhize said his office and the Treasury were working closely with the Special Investigations Unit.

— Witness Reporter.

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