Hundreds of government officials probed for corruption cases worth R1.2 billion

File - The Public Service Commission says hundreds of government officials have been investigated for theft and corruption. Picture: SAPS

File - The Public Service Commission says hundreds of government officials have been investigated for theft and corruption. Picture: SAPS

Published Apr 22, 2023


Cape Town - The Public Service Commission has revealed that 520 officials in national and provincial departments have been investigated for corruption, theft, fraud and irregular expenditure amounting to R1.2 billion.

In some of the cases the officials were fired and others faced criminal charges in court.

The PSC said out of R1.2bn that was lost through corruption, R1bn was in the national departments and over R230 million in the provinces.

It said it urged government employees to blow the whistle on corruption.

In the report that was tabled in Parliament recently, for the 2021/22 financial year, the commission said 520 officials faced disciplinary hearings for financial misconduct.

“Out of 520 officials charged with financial misconduct during the 2021/2022 financial year, only 23 were criminally charged. The national departments recorded the highest number of cases (265), followed by Eastern Cape (83), Limpopo (49), Gauteng (48), Western Cape (32) and Free State Province (24). The total monies lost due to financial misconduct, for both the national and provincial departments was R1 294 928 734 85. The highest amount lost due to financial misconduct (R1 056 865 287 87) was in the national departments. The provincial departments reported a total of R238 063 446 98 as monies that were lost due to financial misconduct during the period under review. In total, the amount of monies recovered was only R6 123 708 77 (0.47%) of the total that was involved. The national departments recovered R555 636 18 (0.05%) of the total amounts that they have reported. The provincial departments recovered R5 568 072 59 (2.34%) of the said amounts. The Limpopo province performed much better in terms of recovery of the loss that it had suffered. This province managed to recover R81 837 87 (20%) of the R406 001 17 that it had lost. Three provinces did not recover anything. They are Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and North West,” stated the report.

It further said some of the officials involved in corruption were in senior management positions.

The report also found there was non-compliance with procurement processes in these cases.

The Auditor-General has in various reports noted that corruption happened in procurement.

In some of the instances there was no paper trail for goods and services procured.

This made it difficult for the Auditor-General to make a finding and if a particular department or municipality got value for money.

In the report the PSC called on heads of departments to take action against officials who flout the Public Finance Management Act.

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