Suspect tenders of R1.9bn probed in KZN

2011-11-21 16:00

Durban - The special investigating unit (SIU) is investigating 558 procurement contracts involving R1.9bn, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.

"The SIU is also investigating 360 cases of conflict of interest where R3.4bn was involved," Mkhize told delegates attending an integrity leadership conference in Durban.

Delegates are expected to craft plans to deal with fraud and corruption in the public sector in KwaZulu-Natal.

The conference was attended by Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachee.

Mkhize said the province’s integrity management unit, which provided strategic leadership for the provincial government on fraud and corruption, was behind arrests for corruption.

Fraud and corruption

"As we speak, the total number of public servants who are facing fraud and corruption charges in the province is 1 024."

Mkhize said 755 cases had been reported for prosecution and that other cases were at various disciplinary stages.

He said it had become clear that corruption had long-term negative effects on the efficiency of public investment.

"All corrupt officials and syndicates tend to give priority to projects and activities that generate higher private material and political gains."

Projects with high socio-economic returns were not given priority.

Mkhize said the corruption included the theft of social grants by public servants between April 2010 and March 2011.

The provincial department of education was dealing with ghost teachers who drew salaries for staff no longer employed by government.

Teachers with fake qualifications had also been caught, and some teachers and lecturers were accused of selling examination papers to pupils.

They were also demanding sexual favours in return for good grades.

"Some schools and tertiary institutions have become breeding grounds for a generation that has a weaker ethical base. We must unite and stop this slide to mediocrity."

  • Bardy - 2011-11-21 16:15

    With all this corruption in the ANC, the amount of money they wasted could probably have built all the people in shacks houses already.

      Servaas - 2011-11-21 16:36

      Funny how you always read about these massive amounts with corruption but the guilty walking away with just a slap on the hand because eish we were previously disadvantaged ne! ANC again.. Wow, what a surprise.

      Kala - 2011-11-21 16:55

      Exactly ServaasD. Where does all the money go and why is it never paid back. Hell if you scored 2 or 3 million Rand in a corrupt deal knowing all you would get is a slap on the wrist, then it's no wonder Billions of Rands go missing. I'm not sure many people actually comprehend how much a Billion really is.

      Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-11-21 17:49

      Kala, only da cleva whtes comprehend hw much a billion rand is? no wanda, ure used 2 it in da np govt u used to bath in it.

      Kala - 2011-11-21 17:58

      Yip Mpho. We also used it to get an education and learned to write properly.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-08 22:53

      ..@ Mpho Ndlovu ..Are you realy so dumb that you cant write or is it just that you still have to evolve a few thousand years more?.. Just asking

      Kobus - 2012-05-13 11:33

      Mpho...epol you TROLL! Learn to write properly!

  • Larry - 2011-11-21 16:17

    Its a microcosm of what is happening throughout most of the Country. Wherever the ANC is in control, this is what we get.

  • Sledge - 2011-11-21 16:34

    Same old , Same old.

  • joellen - 2011-11-21 16:37

    He said it had become clear that corruption had long-term negative effects on the efficiency of public investment. Really?? Who woulda thought?

      Kala - 2011-11-21 17:10

      @joellen - It's taken 17 years for one of them to figure it out. He will probably be disciplined for bringing the ANC policies into disrepute.

  • Johnno - 2011-11-21 16:39

    Theres just no end to the corruption - its how africa operates i guess - so i doubt this crap is ever gonna end

      Hasane - 2011-11-21 17:17

      You wrong Johnno corruption is everywhere even in europe, America or Asia why you guys think that only bad things happen in Africa.

  • J.D. - 2011-11-21 16:45

    This is unbelievale, ridiculous and only gets worse by the day. Are there not ONE honest person in the organisation that calls itself the anc. They will steal this country bankrupt. They steal their own collective children bankrupt. I can't believe this. Where is idiots like polyatonki, why dont they speak up now.

      Heinrich - 2011-11-21 17:43

      Nothing wrong with polyatonki. He thinks his own thoughts, which is good. He is not brainwashed, there is just misplaced loyalty.

  • Joseph - 2011-11-21 16:53

    The move is long overdue. The corrupt officials must face the full might of law. The unfortunate thing is that most of these cases end up nowhere. I would appreciate if the public, particularly in KZN, can be kept abreast as far as the whole corruption cases are concerned because they are the ones who are wronged by these corrupt people.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-21 17:08

    And Africa lets itself down once again!! Incredible.

  • Balletjies - 2011-11-21 17:26

    There was corruption within the old National party Government too, they just managed to hide it so much better.

      J.D. - 2011-11-21 17:57

      At least the old national party built up the country you f....iot

  • Linda - 2011-11-21 17:28

    Corruption is able to flourish because there are no mechanisms in place to prevent it. Once the ANC came into power they scrapped all policies and procedures that had been in place - and replaced them with ...NOTHING!!! Only now, 17 years later, once their theft has become so blatant that it is losing them support even amongst formerly loyal ANC supporters - have they decided that it might be a good idea to put some measures in place to prevent the massive theft of taxpayers money..... They still havent decided that it is necessary to punish those guilty of fraud and corruption .... perhaps that is too Imperialist for them! Fraud and corruption can only be stopped by instituting procedures that make it difficult (it will never be impossible) - and by imposing serious penalties on those found guilty... not just demoting them from a Minister to a regular MP on full salary and benefits for life!

  • rogertjenkins - 2011-11-21 17:55

    I really hope that the press follows this up with reports on how many officials are charged and what the outcomes are. Has anybody added up all the millions and billions that are referred to, spread over the 1000 or so identified culprits, that's a lot of cash each.

  • braamc - 2011-11-21 17:59

    Time these thieving filthy ANC politicians go back to jail where they all belong and belonged.

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  • Cheryl - 2011-11-21 18:05

    Quick we need to silence these racist articles with a Secrecy Bill .......(sarcasm)

  • MduXman - 2011-11-21 18:26

    so whats the problem this is old news

  • stefventerza - 2011-11-21 19:36

    Nothing new, It happens all the time and due to the fact that such cases off fraud takes long to be solved, and even more money gets spend on investigations and the little they solve doesnot help as the money was already spend. By the time they solved something, lots more has evolved and I doubt if it will have an end. Not only in private sectors, state deparments. Its happening in the goverment as well. Just take a look at how much is owed by ministers for water and electricity that does not get paid. Even with thier huge salaries, I forseen no fast solution for it.

  • francisenrudi - 2011-11-22 10:52

    ditsluit nie is n lekker suid afrika die net jammer hulle word nie toe ge

      Theresa - 2011-11-22 11:08


  • alansmartSnr - 2012-05-08 22:54

    ..@ Mpho Ndlovu ..Are you realy so dumb that you cant write or is it just that you still have to evolve a few thousand years more?.. Just asking

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