Government continues to fight corruption: Radebe

Government has urged citizens to be active participants in the fight against corruption.

During the recent announcement of a discussion document into corruption, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, urged citizens to be involved in consultations of the document.

“Please actively contribute your thoughts, opinions and voices to ensure that together we can stop corruption,” said Radebe.

“The responsibility to fight the scourge of corruption does not lie with government only. We need everyone to fight this problem.”

He emphasised that government was prioritising the fight against corruption in several government departments, institutions and agencies.

The discussion document was launched by the anti-corruption inter-ministerial committee to ensure that all citizens play their role in the fight against corruption by providing their input through writing, verbally or electronically.

According to SAnews.gov.za, 66 people have been convicted for corruption under President Jacob Zuma’s administration.

“These high priority cases consist of those matters in which potential corruption per case is to the value of R5 million and above,” Radebe said.

Zuma signed 31 proclamations giving power to the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to investigate cases of corruption, maladministration and malpractice in state institutions and to take action against those implicated in any corruption.

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“During the period under reference, the money and assets recovered totalled about R230 million, while the value of the potential loss prevented came close to R1.4 billion,” said Radebe.

The value of contracts and/or administrative decisions set aside or deemed invalid was close to R4.6 billion,” he said.

“The SIU has also referred certain matters for civil proceedings. The quantum of these matters is approximately R5 billion.”

Radebe, who serves as the chairperson of the anti-corruption inter-ministerial committee, was accompanied by Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize and Justice and Correctional Services Minister advocate Michael Masutha.

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