South African Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Malusi Gigaba says more than 3,000 government officials have been found guilty of misconduct related to cases reported via the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH).
Leading a briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster of government departments here Thursday, he added: “The closure rate underscores a commitment by government departments to investigate allegations of corruption as reported through the NACH.
“A total of 3,600 officials were found guilty of misconduct related to corrupt activities reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline in the public service between Sept 1, 2004 and Jan 31, 2017.”
Out of these, approximately 1,700 officials were dismissed from the public service; 447 officials were fined, with some of them not receiving a salary for three months; and 137 officials were demoted, 921 officials were given final written warnings, while 395 officials were prosecuted.
The Minister said the Anti-Corruption Hotline, managed by the Public Service Commission, is a proactive tool in fighting corruption. As at 31 January 2017, 18,778 cases were referred to government departments, and feedback on 17,240, or 92 per cent of the cases was received.
“The successful investigation of cases of alleged corruption reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline resulted in the recovery of 410 million Rand (about 31.5 million US dollars) from the perpetrators,” he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK