The progress made by Government in fighting corruption in the public sector must be matched by an equally vigorous effort in other sectors of society.
All South Africans should be encouraged by the President’s revelation in Parliament this week that 235 officials have been found guilty of misconduct since the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Hotline, and as a result of successful investigations.
The President pointed out that R100 million had been recovered from perpetrators.
The President revealed that the Special Investigation Unit had been instructed to probe alleged maladministration and corruption in several government departments, municipalities and agencies.
The proclamations issued in these instances were a clear indication of Government’s resolve to combat corruption, mismanagement and maladministration at all levels of government and the public service, the President said.
The President’s comments a day after the Auditor-General’s office had reported on substantial irregular expenditure in a range of departments, indicates Government’s seriousness to fight maladministration and corruption.
Government however, wishes to stress the fact that the fight against corruption is a fight by all sectors and citizens; beginning with individuals Government is concerned at the willingness shown by individuals and companies in the private sector to transact with the public sector in unethical and dishonest ways.
The progress we are seeing in the public sector should be matched by a similar effort in the private sector.
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Themba Maseko (Government Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 645 0810
Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)