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Plan to tackle corruption

By Sapa | Feb 22, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 11 ]

Budget sets out new procurement checks

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday announced new measures to fight waste and corruption in state procurement, notably a review of all property leases.

"The minister of public works and I have agreed to undertake a joint review of the validity and cost effectiveness of all government property leases," he said, delivering his 2012/13 Budget in the National Assembly.

The announcement follows last year's police headquarters lease scandal and national government's intervention in Limpopo, Gauteng and Free State.

Gordhan said one of the lessons learnt from placing several provincial departments under administration was the need to clean up tender systems.

"We need stricter oversight of supply chain management processes."

Gordhan said National Treasury would draft a price referencing system to make it easier to detect tenders that exceeded acceptable levels.

It would also appoint a chief procurement officer to monitor tender processes across all levels of government.

Following President Jacob Zuma's pledge in his state-of-the-nation address that there will be strict vetting of all procurement officers, Gordhan said there would be a review of the skills requirement for people in those positions.

Finally, the tax clearance system will be strengthened to bar fraudsters from doing business with the State.

The former head of the Special Investigations Unit, Willie Hofmeyr, estimated last year that corruption cost the state up to R20 billion a year.

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And here i thought prison was the answer to corruption, ofcourse correctional services might need to expand a bit.

Feb 22, 2012 2:36 | 0 replies

Remember the Land Bank reporting R30 billion missing some years ago?

Feb 23, 2012 12:5 | 0 replies

The former head of the Special Investigations Unit, Willie Hofmeyr, estimated last year that corruption cost the state up to R20 billion a year.


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The arms deal alone = R70 billion in useless equipment.

So, more like R200 + billion per year down the drain..................

Feb 23, 2012 11:58 | 0 replies

oh I forgot Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde , Mac Majaraj, Cwele and others

Feb 22, 2012 4:37 | 0 replies

How are they going to tackle corruption if the president of the country is corrupt and while him and his cronies are trying to undermine the NPA and the judges and the Constitution so that they are can get away with more corruption??

I agree with Xovizwe

You are lying Gordan, if what you're saying is true, Mathale and Malema would be behind bars as we speak.
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and what about Cele, Roux Shabangu to name a few.

Feb 22, 2012 4:30 | 0 replies

Start with khulubuse.

Feb 22, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

I'm hoping they actually going to do it but I'm not holding my breath.
It is just the same story in a different year.

Feb 22, 2012 3:35 | 0 replies

You are lying Gordan, if what you're saying is true, Mathale and Malema would be behind bars as we speak.

Feb 22, 2012 3:26 | 0 replies

The corruption is rife across SA. It is interesting to see how you will stop it. You must start will all liscence testing stations in Gauteng. The reality is if you go to test for drivers liscence without having a bribe, it is difficult to pass the stu+pid liscence. Those criminals at the testing stations are already used to getting bribe. They are very fat and greedy. Every cent (your bribe) is included on every month's budget (their budget). If you don't give them, they say you think you are smart. Sometimes you are forced into this nonsense because you are desparate.

Feb 22, 2012 3:25 | 0 replies

Yeah, whatever. We've heard this all before.

Feb 22, 2012 3:13 | 0 replies

This is just a right noice without relevant outcome. The questin is who are they going to start with.If it was me yes I would have been a soft target and behind bars. But can they arrest Khulubuse , no he is too big there is no cell that will fit him , his charges will have to be postponed untill he loses weight.
Malema, yes but no untill the next election , otherwise the yougth wont vote bra bra bra , needs a political solution despite stealing from the public perce. Manyi yeah but no you cant target one of our own to give credit to the opposition party! this is just a joke .

Feb 23, 2012 4:12 | 0 replies