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Zuma asks SIU to probe corruption

The president has authorised the SIU to investigate three national departments.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to pursue allegations of corruption and maladministration at three national departments, two municipalities and organisations such as the Post Office.

The government departments affected are Transport, Public Works and Labour, while both municipalities are in Limpopo.

This comes as the Auditor General (AG) releases the latest report into the finances of municipalities around South Africa.

The presidency's Mac Maharaj said, "It all relates to corruption and crime and SIU is the agency through which we have those investigations."

Details of Zuma's instruction to the SIU will be gazetted on Friday.

AG NOTES REGULATIONS AND CONTROLS PROBLEMATIC

The AG says while adverse and disclaimer audit opinions have declined, overall compliance with financial regulations and controls remains problematic at municipalities.

Kimi Makwetu released the findings of the local government audit outcomes at a briefing in Pretoria today.

While the report found that only 30 institutions of 319 achieved clean audits, the AG says he's satisfied with the overall improvements.

Makwetu says the local government audit results show a positive trend in financial management.

"We're starting to see a decline in the red."

"We're struggling with laws and regulations which govern financial management and aren't observed and internal basic controls."

Co-Operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan has indicated his satisfaction with the results, but has urged municipal leadership to rigorously implement the AG's recommendations.