1 273 officials charged with corruption

2011-12-08 14:07

Johannesburg - Almost 1 300 public service officials were charged with misconduct for corrupt activities between September 2004 and June 2011, a national anti-corruption summit in Johannesburg heard on Thursday.

During this time, 603 officials were dismissed from the public service, 226 were suspended, 134 were fined and 16 demoted, National Anti-Corruption Forum chairperson Futhi Mtoba said.

Another 330 officials were given final written warnings, and 190 prosecuted.

"Corruption, bribery, collusion and other unacceptable practices are prevalent in our society. These practices are not only ethically and morally wrong, but auger against the value-for-money objective."

She said money was wasted through paying bribes, and often companies that could not provide a quality service were appointed.

  • Blade - 2011-12-08 14:12

    Only 1273? What about the rest?

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-08 14:15

      Exactly. There are thousands of thieves in government. The ANC and their cadres are ALL corrupt !!!

      Mike - 2011-12-08 14:23

      50 MILLION

      Grant - 2011-12-08 14:34

      It sounds exciting to read 1273 charged with corruption, but when you read further.....190 prosecuted which is less the 15%. Every single one, irrespective of the amount involved should be prosecuted, the heavy hand is the only effective route to take. Disturbing is that only 603, less than half have been dismissed. The one major statistic missing is - of those prosecuted, how many are in jail? Answers anyone?

      Anton - 2011-12-08 14:44

      We can't charge all the criminals, our prisons are not big enough. Oh wait, maybe they should just build a high electric fence around Luthuli house, then we're covered.

      Kenny - 2011-12-08 14:46

      And all of these thieving bastards are suspended with full pay i suppose.

      Foc - 2011-12-08 15:21

      Unless these bastids go to jail ... it will NOT stop!!!

      Foc - 2011-12-08 15:31

      To suspend; fire; demote; fine them means sweet NOTHING .... if they dont go to jail we wasting our time .... The will NOT change their filthy greedy habits!! Its a disgrace!!

      Jimmy - 2011-12-08 16:33

      The rest either got promoted or received a golden handshake of course. This is standard practice in South-African politics

      Spyker - 2011-12-08 17:05

      This is the most pathetically laughable I have ever heard. I am amazed that a supposed intelligent person would venture to 'publish' such a blatant joke..!! The reality is: 'a leopard's spots will NEVER change'. Ten thousand years from now they will still be as corrupt as today - more, in fact, if they have their way. You do not root out the weeds, in your garden, by reporting on it in the press...

      pws69 - 2011-12-08 19:58

      According to the Mercury in 2011, 45,000 in just 2005, none prosecuted, and all allowed to pay back the stolen cash interest free, while keeping their jobs. Thank you ANC for facilitation theft. (See my full comment below, and remember, the ANC were in charge of the WC at that time, not the DA)

      Gollum - 2011-12-08 23:19

      603 dismissed, 226 suspended,16 demoted BUT only 190 were prosecuted...not exactly a success story.

  • Bardy - 2011-12-08 14:13

    And they are all ANC!!!!!

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-08 14:16

      Are you surprised ???

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-08 14:27

    Oh ok i get it now, only those that were charged . . .

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-08 14:29

      Yep, they probably found out that they supported COPE, so they got charged.

  • nicn44 - 2011-12-08 14:30

    and I bet they get to keep the loot and pay interest free loans

  • Vivian - 2011-12-08 14:31

    What I don't understand is that 226 were suspended, 134 were fined, 16 demoted and 330 officials were given final written notices, how can this be they should get fired within immediate effect....

      Foc - 2011-12-08 15:37

      No Vivian they should get jail time!! Thats the ONLY solution ....

  • Paul - 2011-12-08 14:32

    220,000 to go!! Only 190 prosecuted.....HA HA

  • George - 2011-12-08 14:32

    WTF How many public service officials do you have and how many do you have left to work? You people should swap places with correctional services

  • Peter - 2011-12-08 14:38

    Of course, the REAL question is - what has happened to the people who PAY the bribes? This will never be eradicated until the businesses that take part in this sinister practice are ruthlessly pursued and exposed. Corruption has become an essential part of the culture of doing business with the public sector, sadly.

  • yucca.nel - 2011-12-08 14:39

    And they have about a 1 in 1273 chance of being prosecuted...

  • Fenderbender - 2011-12-08 14:42

    Yes well we know what suspension means in the anc

      DieSeL - 2011-12-08 15:01

      U get to sit at home + get paid. paid time off to work on their own initiatives. I wonder if they still get their bonus + annual increase while suspended? Would not be surprised if they do...

      Chocobutter - 2011-12-08 16:11

      then whole world is corrupt including you,.....our fist apartheid government was corrupt,....DA is corrupt i mean everyone.....

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2011-12-08 14:44

    Tip of the iceberg!!!

  • Rainbow - 2011-12-08 14:51

    Another day in Africa.

  • Marius - 2011-12-08 14:55

    Eish,still covering up, this won't let is look in a different direction, we are still watching you.

  • Bryan - 2011-12-08 14:57

    1273 is a mere piss in the ocean but even that number, assuming they are senior officials, amounts to 15 corrupt officials being caught every month.... thats pretty ridiculous!!!

  • Lynn - 2011-12-08 14:59

    So if I am understanding correctly only 190 were prosecuted. That is not much. Why weren't the rest. And the people who were suspended are they still drawing salaries? And why were the others demoted and not fired?

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-08 15:06

    Oh come on Futhi, if you tried harder you would find 1273 / DAY !!!! Really sad they were not all charged !!!!!!!!!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-08 15:09

    Name,shame and put each individuals picture on the front page of every newspaper!!!!Then go after the other 98%.

      Bryan - 2011-12-08 15:17

      A newspaper aint big enough Shirley.., we'd need a telephone directory!

      George - 2011-12-08 16:24

      Need a paper 10 X a telephone directory and that will only be the editorial

  • ntombiya - 2011-12-08 15:19

    This is only the surface, they need to dig deeper and they will find a whole hornets nest !!!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-08 15:28

    Bryan: True! They could always bring out an end of year annual of the "MOST DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANTS" Milk cartons would also do nicely,or careal boxes-maybe have a competion: Collect all 1273 and win0.5% of what they stole!

  • alan.erwin1 - 2011-12-08 15:34

    During this time, 603 officials were dismissed from the public service, 226 were suspended, 134 were fined and 16 demoted, National Anti-Corruption Forum chairperson Futhi Mtoba said. Another 330 officials were given final written warnings, and 190 prosecuted. OK lets break it down; 603 dismissed (they got their money so they don’t care a hoot) 226 were suspended (on full pay and still laughing) 134 were fined (shame they must of lost 1% of the corrupt loot) 16 demoted (still their to carry on in their corruption) 330 given final written warnings (they must still be laughing) 190 prosecuted (well some have to carry the can to make it look as though something is being done) So of the 1273 (probably 10 time more) only 190 face the music. Well I must say it seems more than the percentage that the police manage on prosecutions. My last comment is that these people dont have a patch on the ANC leaders fiddles.

  • Irene - 2011-12-08 16:47

    Tip of the iceberg ....

  • Irene - 2011-12-08 16:49

    Tip of the iceberg. It's time the ANC go back to Robben Island.

  • Nitesh - 2011-12-08 19:08

    oh why, bcoz i'm black....eish

  • pws69 - 2011-12-08 19:56

    A national resolution – apparently adopted five years ago (2005) by the premiers of all nine provinces – means that no action can be taken against civil servants found to have illegally helped themselves to social grants, says a report in The Mercury. Instead, the stolen amounts have been converted into loans, which the officials repay without incurring interest or penalties, and no legal action is taken against them. The report notes this policy had apparently been adopted at a meeting of premiers about five years ago after it transpired that, nationally, 45,000 civil servants had stolen grants.

  • Sam - 2011-12-08 21:01

    anyone who can update me about Allan KnottCraig-Vodacom scandal what happened and Brian Muddock of FIDENSIA, since then how many people lost their jobs

  • Rita - 2011-12-08 21:16

    the other million just never got caught.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-08 21:55

    So less than half of those charged with CORRUPTION were in fact fired? Something needs to be done about improving this strike rate.

  • Ronald - 2011-12-08 23:28

    This is only the tip of the iceberg. According to a memo circulated in parliament last year the estimate of funds lost, miss-appropriated, stolen, defrauded, etc. is between R650 and R800 BILLION since 1994. This is not a rumour but was reported on last year. That equates to more than R38 BILLION per year on average.

  • Damian - 2011-12-09 13:01

    HaHa.....your country is going to the dumps. First it was the nationalists who looted the land, now the Africans.In all fairness, its their turn now.

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