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'ECape Social Development Dept must do more to combat corruption'

Oct 26, 2018
'ECape Social Development Dept must do more to combat corruption'

The case before the Grahamstown High Court where allegations against former Social Development Head of Department, Stanley Khanyile, have emerged, is a clear indication that corruption, inefficiency, nepotism and cronyism within the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says.

Kobus Botha, DA Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Social Development, said that the situation now requires much more attention from the new MEC Phumza Dyantyi.

"These revelations come just weeks after the Department revealed irregular expenditure totalling R179,6 million in their 2017/2018 annual report," he said.
 
"Khanyile is accused of syphoning off close on R30-million in rigged tenders to a Durban-based company, Umnotho Training and Development consultants.
 
"Money from the National Development Agency, that was earmarked for training young women, was instead, apparently diverted to purchase fancy cars, properties, Bitcoins and Kruger Rands."
 
Botha said that the Democratic Alliance believes that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, "and we are thankful that this matter is now before the court, that these allegations of corruption can be tested".

'There were significant gaps within the Department’s governance of procurement processes'
 
"Based on the affidavit of Nicole Peters, the deputy director of public prosecutions attached to the East London office of the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), it appears that there were significant gaps within the Department’s governance of procurement processes.
 
"The Democratic Alliance has, on numerous occasions, raised our concerns in the portfolio committee over various allegations of corruption in the Department, and have requested comprehensive reports on specific financial irregularities and fraudulent activities," he added.
 
"I have specifically asked for updates regarding the progress of forensic investigations that was conducted by the special investigation unit, but this has not been forthcoming.   
 
"I have written to MEC Dyantyi and asked her to explain how she is going to ensure that the Department’s procurement processes will be improved, to prevent further abuse of the system."
 
Botha said that the MEC must ensure that the Department does not become the breeding ground for systematic corruption.

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