Sisulu wants fraud firms blacklisted

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hopes a new anti-corruption bureau will begin work by July.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hopes to have a new anti-corruption bureau up and running by next month.

She's told parliamentarians that employees have already been seconded from the Special Investigating Unit and the Hawks.

It's the latest move to clamp down on corruption within government. Billions of rands are being siphoned off from state coffers each year into the pockets of crooked civil servants and their relatives.

The anti-corruption bureau will deal with wrongdoing by civil servants across all three spheres of government - national, provincial and local. She says criminal cases will be referred to law enforcement agencies.

However, it has emerged there is only R6 million available in Sisulu's budget. She says the bureau will grow incrementally but MPs have questioned whether the R70 million price tag will be enough for it to do the work it is supposed to do.

Sisulu not only wants to target public servants who defraud the system but also those who corrupt them. While the Minister wants swift action against crooked civil servants, she is also pushing for companies that break the rules to be blacklisted.

Sisulu says due to budget constraints the anti-corruption bureau will grow incrementally. It's expected to focus on high-profile cases initially.

President Jacob Zuma has always maintained his government is committed to fighting corruption.

In February, he called on the public to work with government in fighting corruption.