DA says Limpopo must fight corruption

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The DA in Limpopo has called on the new provincial government to fight corruption in the civil service with as much determination as it intends to deliver services.

DA provincial leader Desiree van der Walt said this yesterday after the Auditor-General's report painted a bleak financial picture of the province.

The damning report indicated that close to 1000 public servants had conducted business with the provincial government amounting to R269million.

The purpose of the report was to facilitate public accountability by bringing to the attention of members of the provincial parliament how Limpopo had performed compared to other provinces.

Van der Walt called on the new provincial administration to take swift and urgent action in implementing the recommendations of the A-G by instituting disciplinary action against those found to have contravened the law.

She said the new provincial government must also make sure that all officials declare their business interests when dealing with tenders.

She said the Auditor-General's report found that in Limpopo alone there were 929 government employees with directorships or board memberships of companies.

According to the report, the amount paid to companies connected to government employees in Limpopo was R269million.

This is slightly less that the R272 million paid to companies in a similar position nationwide.