Gauteng 'failed to act on most tip-offs'
The findings of a Public Service Commission report suggest that the Gauteng government has failed to act on corruption tip-offs in its various departments.
The report - presented this week before the legislature's oversight committee on the premier's office - reveals that provincial departments managed to successfully conclude only up to 58% of the cases referred to them.
For the 2011-12 financial year the province finalised only 524 of the 1417 corruption tip-offs received on the Anti-Corruption Hotline - which was set up by premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
The roads and transport department attracted the highest number of corruption tip-offs after notching up 474 tip-offs.
However, only 184 were closed.
The troubled health and social development department saw 269 queries lodged against it while only 134 cases were dealt with.
Following on the roads and transport and health departments, is the department of local government and housing, whose former political head Humphrey Mmemezi resigned after having been engulfed in controversy over numerous accidents with official state cars and his infamous state credit card splurges. The department attracted 293 complaints but closed only 37% of those.
Mokonyane's office failed to close the one case in its name.
The PSC concluded that the low case closure rate "confirms that there is a lack of capacity in departments to effectively investigate and conclude cases of alleged corruption".
DA leader in the legislature Jack Bloom claimed that party politics played a part in the large number of unresolved cases.
"There is an appalling lack of action on corruption tip-offs in Gauteng.
"This is partly because of incompetence but probably also because investigations would hit top-level ANC politicians," he said.
The province was further slated by the PSC after the number of financial mismanagement cases increased to 16 in the 2010-11 financial year. This was up from 13 in the previous year.
The province managed to see a drop in fraud (15 to 6 cases), theft (39 to 26) and gross negligence (11 to 3) but misappropriation and abuse of funds cases grew from 8 to 10.