Thanks to the corruption hotline, R340 million looted by officials have been recovered.
This is according to the Public Service and Administration Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi. The Minister disclosed that the successful investigation of cases of corruption reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) caused the recovery of R340 million from perpetrators.
As the Chairperson of the Governance and Administration Cluster, Ramatlhodi was addressing journalist in Pretoria when he made the revelation.
According to the minister, the Public Service Commission’s corruption hotline – 0800 701 701 – has made it possible for South Africans to report corruption without the fear of being victimized.
Ramatlhodi said 18,076 reported cases of corruption were referred to departments. Out of the figure, feedback was received on 93 percent (16,752) of the cases.
Adding that (16,547) 92 percent of the cases have been finalized, the minister remarked that “the closure rate underscores a commitment by departments to investigate allegations of corruption as reported through the NACH.”
He related that a total number of 3,570 officials were found guilty of misconduct related to corrupt activities reported through the corruption hotline since its inception.
Between 1st September 2004 and August 2016, 1,694 of the officials were dismissed from the Public Service; 438 were fined and 133 demoted.
Also, 913 of the officials were handed final written warnings and 392 prosecuted.
Furthermore, the Minister revealed that all senior managers in the public service are expected to disclose all their financial interests each year. The deadline to that is the 30th day of April.
He buttressed on that saying “the overall compliance rate by the due date in national and provincial departments was 98 percent in the 2015/16 financial year.”
That, he said, represents an increase of 16 percent compliance in the current financial year as compared to 82 percent recorded during the previous financial year.