A whopping 380 South African government officials convicted of corruption


Speaking at the Presidential Social Sector Summit in Boksburg, President Ramaphosa said the NPA had achieved a 90 percent conviction rate, after finalizing 380 cases brought before the country’s specialized commercial crime courts over the past the past financial year.

In his closing speech on Friday August 5, the president recommitted the government to its fight against corruption and said the fight was gaining momentum.

“There is clearly a lot more to do, but the fight against corruption is gaining momentum. To overcome these and other challenges, all sectors of society must pool their respective capabilities and unite behind a common vision.

As reported Live Shippingin addition to the 380 finalized cases concerning civil servants, 209 other people from the private sector were sentenced during the same period.

This constitutes the majority of the more than 500 people convicted by the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Commercial Crimes Unit, with the majority of suspects having been convicted in the past financial year.

Ramaphosa said the Asset Forfeiture Unit confiscated R406 million in assets from corruption suspects. He added that while there is still much to be done to rid the country of corruption, the NPA is to be commended for the work done so far.

News 24 reported that during his address to the Pavocat-Stellenbosch Academy Anti-Corruption Summit, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), Mkhuleko Hlengwa, said that the bidding process of the government is at the heart of corruption in South Africa.

“I don’t consider tenders in their current form in South Africa to be business. It is simply a facilitation of money, often at high costs, and no establishment of skills transfer, business growth and job creation,” says Hlengwa.

“Unless there is a deliberate effort to reconfigure the bidding space and its purpose, the cancer of corruption will continue to prevail as a daily lived reality for the majority of our people and across the country. detriment to the economy. We must strengthen the capacities of the State and, where they are not sufficient, launch calls for tenders. »

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