Fraud, corruption on the rise in govt

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe also dealt with action taken by the Anti-Corruption Task Team.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says statistics suggest that serious cases of fraud and corruption in state departments are on the rise.

The minister has been speaking to journalists in Parliament about government's progress in combatting corruption in state departments and entities.

Over the past four years, President Jacob Zuma has signed 36 proclamations authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe allegations of fraud, corruption and maladministration.

Radebe also dealt with action by the Anti-Corruption Task Team.

He said the Anti-Corruption Task Team's target was to convict 100 people for corruption involving more than R5 million by this year.

By the end of March, 548 cases had been identified, a significant amount more than last year's target of 300.

"On the rise, the statistics will suggest that, but it depends what level of corruption it is. But the stats indicate that."

The minister said 828 people are currently the focus of criminal, financial or forensic investigations arising from the task team's work, involving millions of rands.