'Rather tell us the truth or keep quiet' - MPs grill Anti-Corruption Task Team

2016-09-14 12:48
Berning Ntlemeza (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Berning Ntlemeza (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – How much is the fight against corruption costing? 

What is your conviction rate? Why should we as MPs think you are even remotely effective and why should we give you a budget?

These are some of the questions the Anti-Corruption Task Team faced when they appeared in front of Parliament’s standing committee of public accounts on Wednesday.

Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza was in the spotlight as MPs warned him to be truthful in his engagements with the committee.

"If you lie to us, there is going to be a problem. Rather tell us the truth or keep quiet," ANC MP Vincent Smith told the anti-corruption delegation.

The task team was presenting its programmes to the committee, but MPs were not overly impressed with their output. 

The task team seemed unprepared, and mostly fumbled through the first set of questions, before the NPA’s Nomgcobo Jiba asked for an adjournment to liaise in order to get their answers straight.

They were questioned on the frequency of their meetings, as well as their seemingly unpreparedness.

Ntlemeza was accused of running a casual ship when he couldn’t give answers on the attendance of members of the task team, and who exactly did not show up on meetings. 

'Vague' report slammed

Ntlemeza told the committee that, since it was created, the task team had dealt with 189 cases.

Sixty-eight cases had been finalised, while they had 77 cases under investigation. 

There were 44 serious corruption cases on the court roll. 

The number of people convicted of corruption involving R5m or more was 128. Most of them had been arrested between 2010 and 2014.

Ntlemeza told the committee that more than 460 officials had been involved in the cases, amounting to just over R10bn.

Most were in Gauteng, with 125 officials involved, while the Eastern Cape had 76 and the Free State had 78.

The committee lamented the "vague" nature of the report, calling for more specific numbers.

Economic Freedom Fighters MP Ntombovuyo Mente wanted a full list of names of convicted government workers.

She said, because there was no clear record, these convicted workers then ended up working for government again.

A crook was always a crook, she said.

Read more on:    parliament  |  hawks  |  berning ntlemeza  |  nomgcobo jiba  |  corruption

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.