Mpumalanga government recovers R1.2m of graft millions

The Mpumalanga government has recovered about R1.2 million from civil servants who did business with government across various departments.

Education officials have been found to be the biggest culprits over the past few years – benefiting more that R55.1 million from, among others, scholar-transport contracts.

Premier David Mabuza told the legislature yesterday afternoon that the provincial government had put mechanisms in place to nip the problem in the bud.

Mabuza announced in February this year that, as from March 1, no civil servant would be allowed to do business with government.

This problem has been uncovered by the Auditor-General since 2008.

“We’ve taken steps to eliminate this practice and recover monies from officials. It’s worth noting that since the 2008/09 financial year, we’ve done what is reasonably possible and necessary,” Mabuza said.

He said 341 civil servants were detected and found to have done business with government departments since 2011. Mabuza said 100 of those officials were detected through government’s own initiatives or mechanisms.

“We’ve put officials through disciplinary processes and outcomes varied from final written warnings, suspensions without pay, fines up to R6 000 and recovery of monies,” said Mabuza.

Measures to recover monies, he said, would be continued. Mabuza said government’s mechanisms were being upgraded to recover monies that ended up in civil servants’ pockets.

“Regardless of whether those civil servants are still in administration or not, they will be followed,” he said.

Mabuza said municipalities would also be assisted to detect those officials.

One hundred and forty five officials were given final written warnings.

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