MEC Radebe takes tough line on corruption

TIME is running out for corrupt social welfare staff and officials suspected of defrauding the KwaZulu-Natal department.

TIME is running out for corrupt social welfare staff and officials suspected of defrauding the KwaZulu-Natal department.

MEC Meshack Radebe, who announced that he would be installing CCTV cameras at the head and regional offices and improving the IT system to boost security and counter corruption .

Radebe was speaking at the provincial legislature yesterday during his 2009-10 budget unveiling.

Over the years the department of social welfare has become one of the province's departments most affected by corruption.

It has already deployed its most loyal and dedicated officials to the corruption hot spots to clean them up.

Last year several staff members were suspended in connection with activities related to corruption.

This was after Radebe commissioned a forensic investigation into the mismanagement of the department's finances.

"Owing to the seriousness of these crimes the department has decided to improve IT security measures and access control," Radebe said.

"CCTV cameras are going to be installed at our head and regional offices soon."

He said this would cost the department R2,6 million and that the measures would be extended to local service offices as funds become available.

Presenting his budget allocation of R1,4 billion, Radebe said R943741 million had been set aside to expand service delivery to vulnerable groups, strengthening partnering with nonprofit organisations and taking social welfare to rural areas.

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