gloomy figures

Katlego Moeng

Katlego Moeng

The Gauteng government has only been able to finalise 51 out of 616 corruption cases referred by the National Anti-Corruption Hotline in the past four years.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has confirmed that from the beginning of September 2004 to the end of March 2008, 616 corruption allegations were referred forinvestigation.

Feedback was received for 226 cases, which is 37percent of the cases, and only 51 cases were closed. This is an 8percent record for corruption cases closed in four years.

In the 2007-2008 year, 50 out of 222 cases referred received feedback. Only 10 cases were closed.

In other words, 73percent of corruption cases in that year were not dealt with or were ignored.

A PSC communications director, who preferred not to be named, confirmed these figures.

"The categories of corruption cases reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) included abuse of government-owned vehicles, procurement irregularities, appointment irregularities and social grant fraud," the official said.

He said normal procedure would be for the cases to reported to the NACH.

The PSC would then analyse the cases and refer them to the relevant departments for investigation.

He said the departments were required to investigate the cases and report back on the progress to the PSC within 40 days.

"In the case of Gauteng, the cases are lodged through the Gauteng Shared Services Centre," he said.

Asked about the seemingly dismal record, GSSC committee officer Fokane Monatisa said: "It depends on the volumes. We deal with 11 government departments and we are doing our best."

Monatisa said the GSSC monitored every case, every day and was there "to give a world-class service".

When presented with the figures, he replied: "No, no, no, it can't be. If what you are saying is true, then we are not meeting our mandate."