R300m stolen from state coffers

2012-03-04 08:02

Johannesburg - Civil servants stole more than R300m of public money in the past financial year, the Sunday Times reported.

This was according to a report by the Public Service Commission (PSC) tabled in Parliament this week.

The PSC probed financial misconduct in 39 national departments and nine provincial governments.

A total of 1135 cases of financial misconduct was committed by civil servants during the 2009/2010 financial year.

Of these 998 were found guilty of taking R346mn from state coffers, the newspaper said.

This figure was the highest recorded in five years - representing a staggering 346% growth compared with R100m in 2008/2009.

The PSC slammed the government for not robustly pursuing criminal prosecution.

"Failure to institute criminal action... may encourage acts of financial misconduct to continue to be on the rise," said the report.

  • Dave - 2012-03-04 08:06

    another day in paradise..

      Penny - 2012-03-04 08:15

      Ja, that's what they do, they steal

      Kim - 2012-03-04 08:21

      I swear this must be a game they play. Too see who can steal the most. problem is, I pay a fee each month to SARS so therefore I should be included in this game. Anyone else care to join in the fun?

      Eduard - 2012-03-04 08:35

      This is the way Zuma and the current ANC big shots do business SA!!! Who is going to keep paying taxes if this keeps happening???? I say, down with the ANC and the "current ANC leadership"

      Jessica - 2012-03-04 08:38

      The ANC is a crime syndicate. Most PMs have criminal records and criminals join to give their close comrades jobs. Nice to steal in a lawful way.

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-04 08:41

      Welcome to the gravy train! Toot toot!

      Mike - 2012-03-04 08:49

      Remember the old 20/80% rule? This is the 20% we know about!!

      Louis - 2012-03-04 10:16

      Ja. Put an AA in a job and this is the result you get. No guilt, no conceince, No brains no nothing, just theft. It starts from the top right to the bottom.

      Sean - 2012-03-04 11:01

      I know the ANC Government has widespread corruption in amongst its ministers and is rotten to the core at provincial level,but this is a news report by News24 on what the Sunday Times reported on what the Public Service Commission (PSC) reported.Two news channels reporting on an anti-corruption authority(PSC)is all well and good,but I'm gonna need to see the Public Service Commission (PSC) report and their documents published in the public domain to know for sure that it was actually R300million that was stolen from the public funds.News reports can make up any numbers, so lets get the prove published please from the civil service commission and then see.

      david.streicher - 2012-03-04 11:16

      lots more up for grabs this year.

      Ian - 2012-03-04 11:46

      And the rest! There were reports 2 weeks ago about 1 Billion that was 'meeseeng'.I start to feel embarrassed for this government when they so blatantly try and cover up their cover ups! Rule #1. 'Deenile'!

      Max - 2012-03-04 13:17

      I assume the R300m is per day.

      Deus - 2012-03-05 08:02

      they should put controls in place to prevent this from happening. There should be an audit trail of all the spending.

      Merven - 2012-03-05 09:22

      Affirmative shopping.

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:26

      @Penny. Whom is They you are referring to?

  • Pawel - 2012-03-04 08:09

    At least my money isn't in the system....

  • Kim - 2012-03-04 08:10

    This is B@lls$it. Can I please ask for a refund on my taxes paid. This is not what I pay taxes for. You thiefs should be ashamed of yourselves.

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-04 11:40

      I'll be in the queue right with you.

      Dave - 2012-03-04 12:36

      ANC pension policy, steal, get caught, naughty boy, keep the money. The question asked but never answered, has anybody ever been made to pay any money back ??????????.

  • Francois - 2012-03-04 08:12

    Hey Nathi, can we see some action please? Get these people arrested and to court. Jeff, instead of thinking of reviewing the concourt, don't you think your time will be better spent to get the money back from these people and to get them to jail with Selebi? R 300 mil = 2500 RDP houses.

      Sharon - 2012-03-04 09:39

      @ Margie, don't forget the NHI!

  • David DZ - 2012-03-04 08:15

    Self-empowerment at its best hehehe I like it,I like it a lot

  • Sallie - 2012-03-04 08:19

    No wonder that Ju Ju gets upset when he got kicked out.

  • Leon - 2012-03-04 08:22

    I don't think that R300 million comes close to the amount actually stolen. Zuma and his family alone probably pilfered this amount.

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:29

      any proof? please post. this would be interesting if it were true.

      Sean - 2012-03-05 13:25

      Ugghh, no proof. But then again, no proof for any of the bankrupt municipalities or tender frauds like in Nelspruit or any illegal land sales by the govt or any issues with electricity or do you have a penis still. You need proof, read any paper, watch any News show. Unless of course if you are one of those who deny that there is a fire because of all of the smoke and then before you know it, the fire has burned you to death.

  • Bokrichard - 2012-03-04 08:31

    And this is only the tip of the iceberg. It must have something to do with paying the civil servants such "small" salaties. GWHA!!!

  • Danny - 2012-03-04 08:35

    And now you know why we have to exceed the 1 Trillion rand these fkrs can steal us blind and rape this country. When will the masses learn? White people are no longer the enemy...they need to look closer to home to see the real evil that is killing this beautiful country.

      Manaka Mack Mokou - 2012-03-04 08:59

      No one ever said whites are enemies. Does it always have to be about colour. Among the 998 how certain are you that some were not white. Whites are becoming obsessed with the idea of being the enemy

      Nigel - 2012-03-04 09:12

      @ Manaka, I agree that is should not be about color, but rather than be defensive about race, why not condemn this corruption, & accept that is is obviously being committed by ANC members who are 99,9% black. & Malema did say whites are the enemy, thats why 100's of farmers have been murdered. We are not obsessed, just sick & tired of the racism perpetrated by ANC members & leaders, that are looking to blame others (whites) for its failure to transform & govern.

      IAnon - 2012-03-04 09:55

      @ Manaka - I hear you but at the same time I challenge you to still find a white face in that type of administration.

      elizabethann.auld - 2012-03-04 10:07

      @Manaka - I seriouly object - I am African Fifth generation and proud of it - I just have a white skin!There are many of us!

      Hugo - 2012-03-04 11:42

      Nigel The article talks about civil servants not ANC.

      Hugo - 2012-03-04 11:55

      Ron oh Ron, still brandishing the K-word.I have news for ya,it is just a word and it means zilch as far as I am concerned,feel free to use it.

      Dawood - 2012-03-04 12:26

      how do we succeed against these corrupt officials..not fight against each other-black OR white..unite and fight this evil in our country..and pls,all politicians,civil servants and black ppl are not corrupt and thieves

      Cristina - 2012-03-04 14:25 need a new "line" ok..its now boring!!!! P.S; look at the many white faces are there?? ask yourself, who stole all that money from the state..white or black??? and please don't give me that crap that whites arent africans!!!! if you must please go study your history!!!

      lee.farrington - 2012-03-04 19:40

      @manaka To have it consistently and repeatedly rammed down our throats that the white man is the oppressor, the infidel and the reason why so many people are poor kinda makes you a little defensive. Your government has perpetuated the apartheid by using the only regime as their "freedom" speeches. It is quiet obvious that this goverment isn't willing to do what they were elected to do and by feeding the masses with lies thus encouraging them to keep them in the pound seat. Where is the free education, the free health care, the free houses, the whites didn't steal them, your own black brothers stolen them from right under your noses.

      SaintBruce - 2012-03-04 21:29

      Manaka - The President sings 'it', Julius said 'it' and sings 'it' - all the while the leader of the ANC and the Country is present and says nothing to correct the perception. The Mau Mau started this kind of talk a long time ago and it led to bloody results. The Hutu's used words like "cockroaches" of their enemies and that boiled over into a bloody conflict (not sure if Tutsi's used it as well). It all starts with what is being said and how that is 'heard' by those to whom it is said. Don't give me the 'struggle history' rhetoric - the words mean what they say - the white man [african or not] is the enemy of the black man. Period. When the minority objects to this, they are pushed aside as whingeing over nothing. It is not nothing. Such talk is divisive and very dangerous. The State is putting out those words and even if uttered by private persons, the State is doing nothing about it , so it must be OK. When the Portuguese were pushed out of their colonies, they took a hard line and broke the infrastructure. Those countries are still stuffed to this day! Funny thing is, the current government is breaking the infrastructure quite well on their own, as it turns out!

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:39

      Hi Danny. The reason you see/hear more and more of corrupt officials and corruption being found, is because it is actively being investigated to get the bad apples out of the administration. Let me explain, similar to crime stats, if you improve crime investigation and upgrade the police force the crime stats will get worse before it gets better. the stats as a result, will indicate there is more crime/criminals, as more is being caught and cases being investigated that would have gone missed/unreported/not investigated properly.

  • Blane - 2012-03-04 08:36

    I wonder what the 998 were sentenced to , sorry what was I thinking , probably something like this : Be more carefull next time , you know the whities are going to make a noise about it

      Trackless - 2012-03-04 09:16

      you stupid donkey!!! this is not about white or black...this is about money with no colour!!! me and you are screwed!!!...this is about capitalism and it is abused by people in senior positions! stop your sick racist remarks and work together!!

      David DZ - 2012-03-04 09:34

      Blane please!

      Blane - 2012-03-04 13:42

      @Trackless and David DZ , you pair of palookas got quite a few thumbs down I notice

      Cristina - 2012-03-04 14:28

      Why does everything have to be about color?!!!!!..its about money here..stolen ok..nothing more nothing less!!! GOSH!!!!!

      Blane - 2012-03-04 15:48

      @Christina, dont be naive my dear , we know who works for the anc

      hein.huyser - 2012-03-05 07:54

      They are not found guilty of stealing, their charge is, guilty because you are caught stealing. We are under cANCer rule and the rules are differant.

  • Zee - 2012-03-04 08:39

    Now we all know that so much has been stolen. Everybody knows by who. With all this conclusive evidence what are the police going to do about it. investigate the investigated conclusive report

  • RoryKlein - 2012-03-04 08:40

    For many small business owners the last 2-3 years has been very difficult, I know because I am one. Reading this and with SARS taking its cut from us each month it is demoralizing. The quiet months you still have to pay SARS even though you might not have enough to cover everything. I am tired of everything thinking that we are flush with money, who these days hasn't got a credit card or two that is maxed out or an account that has fallen behind or has hasn't changed there car in the past 7 years. Now petrol is going up again almost to R11/liter, my electricty is way over priced, even though that Eskom supplies electricity outside of the country cheaper and to top things off I have to pay upfront to use the electricity because I have prepaid. Then I have to deal with loadsheds because of the high demand for electricity even though I have prepaid for mine. Why not jsut cut supply to those that havent paid?

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-04 08:51

      I have to travel to Krugersdorp once a week to give lectures at a college. The small amount I make is now being chewed up with higher fuel costs, and now the e-tolls. Food prices are rocketing up on a DAILY basis, our power costs have shot up alarmingly (in spite of the fact that we shut down our geyser for MOST of the day and night!) - we don't use fans, heaters, pool pumps....and then Eskom holds a party in Cape Town costing R3 million yesterday :-(

  • Dennis - 2012-03-04 08:47

    I am shocked but then look who is their leader ???

  • faannagel - 2012-03-04 08:54

    Micky mouse regime..

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:41

      Mickey mouse comment

  • Peter - 2012-03-04 08:55

    Such people are neither CIVIL nor SERVANTS. Rather call them state employed criminals,

  • John - 2012-03-04 08:55

    An increase 346% in one year.... imagine what the current figures are? And this is stolen money, not money wasted on excesses, inflated tenders, PARTIES.... And Zuma told us they were tightening their belts.... Imagine what the country would look like if the waste over the last 5 years was spent on development

  • msturmair - 2012-03-04 08:56

    fire whole damn lot,prison,judgement and make example of them.....

      Morama - 2012-03-04 20:56


      Martin - 2012-03-05 10:37

      @Morama. Rather no government than a broken one.

  • Sheik - 2012-03-04 08:57

    So glad it's not a crisis, I'm thinking of becoming a card carrying ANC member and voting DA. Giving both richness and one for fairness.

  • Hein Helmand - 2012-03-04 08:58

    Now Pavin Cordan mounes and wonder why SA was down graded.He is like a grade 10 pupils report thats semarked from A+ to B-.R300m is a everyday occurence If the ANC was listed on the JSE,i will go short and make a lot of money.

  • Gibbaan Erasmus - 2012-03-04 09:00

    African National Corruption!

  • derek.mathewson - 2012-03-04 09:00

    Sad part is the amount disclosed is only what WAS found to be stolen...

  • Gareth - 2012-03-04 09:02

    i wonder what these figures would look like if we be going back 10 yrs.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-04 09:06

    This is what you get when you blindly vote for the ANC, this is why the poor will remain poor, & the Govt. has the audacity to blame others for the lack of transformation. The black middle class will soon stop supporting this corrupt circus, the ANC are going down, they have failed SA, all of us!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2012-03-04 09:08

    Another sad thought, does this figure include electronic equipment like fax machines and computers, stationary, furniture and other items they can lay their sneaky fingers on?

      Kim - 2012-03-04 09:10

      Food, wine, whiskey and don't forget the tampons

  • Trackless - 2012-03-04 09:12

    we all say something...we all play the blame game...we all point fingers and we all know we are being robbed!!! The time has come to do something about it and this means we have to take out the capitalist..I don't care if they are white or black or Asian or friends for that matter...OUR MONEY IS STOLEN BY PARASITES LIVING OF OUR INCOME!!! WE MUST START STANDING TOGETHER. WHO DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO READ AND ACT ON THESE COMMENTS???? THE GOVERNMENT AND GUILTY MEMBERS LAUGH AT US WHEN THEY SEE THESE COMMENTS...R300 MILLION STOLEN FROM US AND WE ARE OK WITH IT??? I DARE ANY POLITICIAN TO ACT ON THESE ACCUSATIONS AND TO SHOW THAT SOMETHING WAS DONE WITHIN 24 HOURS (THAT IS WHAT WE GET TO HEAR WHEN MAKING PRODUCTION TARGETS..WITHIN 24 HOURS) NOW PUT YOUR BALLS ON THE TABLE AND SEE HOW MUCH GUTS YOU GOT!!

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-04 11:44

      I wonder what the legal status would be if one say, paid their taxes into a trust through a lawyer, and took government took SARS to court for misrepresentation, lying and false advertising and misleading the public, because our taxes are being squandered and not used for it's primary function as promised? Would be interesting to hear from a lawyer if there was a way to do it.

      Wendy - 2012-03-04 12:05

      So ...David DZ .. tell us .. what has the ANC done to build a better SA?

      Martin - 2012-03-05 10:43

      Relax on the CAPSLOCK trackless, my eyes are hurting.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-04 09:14

    Wow. Children starve schools are crumbling , while the ANC steals everything in sight. Down with Zuma Down. Fix this or get out.

      Hugo - 2012-03-04 11:45

      civil servants aren't neccesarily ANC

  • Boer - 2012-03-04 09:18

    All Apartheid's fault.

      David DZ - 2012-03-04 09:49

      Yes what do you think?

      Cristina - 2012-03-04 14:33

      Really david and just how??..its the current Gov's fault..when are people going to realize that?!!! Nothing here to do with Apartheid!!! Sick and tired of the same song!!!!!!

      Mikkel - 2012-03-06 00:06

      LOL !

  • Vegi - 2012-03-04 09:24

    It is the enemies of the government that are stealing the money, and we know who the enemies of the government are.

      Neil - 2012-03-04 09:36

      What enemies of the government. They are employed by the government you fargin icehole. Are you one of them too. You certainly qualify!!

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-04 10:20

      I have been waiting for you to Troll up Beetroot juice - and you have come up with your usual inane remarks.......oh well....another day another onion

      IAnon - 2012-03-04 10:39

      @ Vegi - Many will honour the day you confuse fertiliser with pesticide!

      IAnon - 2012-03-04 14:00

      Hey Hugo Is that a Machine-gun we all see? What are you going to do with it?

      Hugo - 2012-03-04 14:11

      yes? ja? nothing*rolls eyes* its just a pic,duh!

      Irene - 2012-03-04 14:21

      Vegi and Hugo make a good pair. Both are equally dof. Both are trolls.

  • Sariena - 2012-03-04 09:28

    When is this stealing goin to stop.?As long as the ANC is in power it is just going to get worse.

  • Shaun - 2012-03-04 09:30

    998 cases R346m. That's an average of R346 693 per individual case. Each one of them thus stealing more that a year's average salary of a graduate proffessional.I wonder if Sars is prosecuting them for this additional income?.Probably not. Certainly grounds for a class action by taxpayers.

  • Silvana - 2012-03-04 09:30

    Blah blah blah. Why are you telling us something we already know. It would be news to me when I read about positive action and I mean action taken against them. Not transferring them to another department or appointing them as ambassadors or sentencing them only for them to become terminally ill. I am so sick and tired of the stench of crap. Flush the toilet, someone please.

      Kim - 2012-03-04 09:32

      Sorry Silvana, floaters never go down

  • Comrade - 2012-03-04 09:31

    VIVA THE cANCer ...... a good life for all thieves

  • Marc - 2012-03-04 09:32

    What's that beach ball Pravin Gordham going to do about this? He's fast becoming SA's leading specialist in missing the wood for the trees. These idiot-savants with their pathetic jokes in parliament at budget time - they are dirty rotten communists, nothing more. Kim: point well made.

  • Jamie - 2012-03-04 09:35

    And this by people put in positions of responsibility, and entrusted with Public money. If they can't respect their positions and responsibilities, then they should not be there, and should be replaced. It's a simple equation. There should not be any other "judgement" required. Repay the money stolen, plus a fine, and get out.

  • Sariena - 2012-03-04 09:39

    Blane,you have the imagination of a chicken.Tell me.Is it hard to be retarded like you?Keep your black trap shut.Adults talking here.

  • Liza - 2012-03-04 09:40

    Surprise, surprise. Nothing new and sadly nothing will be done about it either. Money is gone and once again a whole segment of our community miss out. Keep voting ANC

  • Hein Helmand - 2012-03-04 09:43

    Its not only the ANC goverment,the private sectors the same,i know three guys that stole over 4m,due to mismanagement of the auditors and senior staff.Short the ANC

      hein.huyser - 2012-03-05 08:01

      Those monies are their busines` concern, stolen taxes are my concern.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-04 09:45

    Every year these stats are released. Every year nothing gets done. They won't ever do anything - it would be tantamount to voting themselves out of power. So when municipalities and provinces collapse due to this rampant theft, they'll just re-arrange things so that they can get their greedy paws on those regions that are honest and well-run

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-03-04 09:46

    That is nothing compared to how much Zuma and his gang steal. R2,9 billion of taxpayers’ money wasted, and not a single disciplinary step taken, reports the DA. That is only the tip of the iceburge of money wasted by the elected government. Take a read of the above link. If they run a sweet shop they would even rob the children.

  • Johann - 2012-03-04 09:48

    Is that a surprise its in the make up and in the culture to steal there is nothing wrong with that as long as you are not caught is a big no no and to steal from family or clan members is a big no no,for you uniformed that don't know the culture go and read the book Indaba my children by Cedric Mutwa

  • godesha - 2012-03-04 09:50

    Why can't they be as good at their jobs as they are at stealing our money?

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:47

      whom is this they you are referring to?

  • sm1012 - 2012-03-04 10:00

    So sad while me & other Millions of People I rot at home, UNEMPLOYED. The Govt sectr is now a stepping short-cut to enrich yourself.

  • Johann - 2012-03-04 10:00

    Vegi you fn cabbage you got the right name it's a holes that gives veggies a bad name because veggies have a higher intelligence per leave

  • Joseph - 2012-03-04 10:01

    how this country is not voted the most corrupt country in the world is beyond immagination because we are far worse than the likes of nigeria and Zim

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:48

      please substantiate your claim

  • Garth - 2012-03-04 10:03

    Name and shame the thieving Bastards, from the top to the bottom.

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:48

      agree 100%

  • Bandile - 2012-03-04 10:05

    That's what the struggle was all about. More opportunities to steal.

  • Jimmy - 2012-03-04 10:06

    until the greater population of this country stop complaining and whining about the state of the nation, and change the way they vote, things will only get worse. marching and toi-toi'ing and destroying things wont do a damn thing. a change in the voting results will make the powers at be wake up.

      Earl - 2012-03-05 12:50

      You are on to something there Jimmy

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-04 10:06

    Ooow boy lol ku tough

  • acsteyn - 2012-03-04 10:09

    Vavi says, "Thieves in Government must go". To jail I hope.

  • Lebody Matsobane - 2012-03-04 10:12

    who is going to be blamed for this? Apartheid, whites or the one who appoint public servants according to who do you support? its a shame we are told about this but no legal case will be open. if your are not doing anything about it [News24] then don't tell us, we know what is going on. unemployed youth will rise against this government officials and its not going to be nice because the SAPS will shoot them.

      Fidel - 2012-03-04 10:16

      Not to worry 27000 of our police officers can't shoot, as reported on another article.