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Govt puts measures in place to curb corrupt officials

More than 3,500 civil servants have been found guilty of corruption-related misconduct over the past 12 years.

Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Government says it's putting measures in place to prevent corrupt officials from getting back into the public service.

Ministers in the governance and administration cluster yesterday vowed to crackdown harder on graft.

They also gave an update on progress made in the implementation of the National Development Plan.

More than 3,500 civil servants have been found guilty of corruption-related misconduct over the past 12 years.

Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says they want to keep public servants found guilty of corruption out of the public service.

"We are beginning a process having passed the Public Administration Act, which gives us the capability to implement measures against public servants."

Cooperative Governance Deputy Minister Andries Nel says some officials try to game the system.

"We found often is civil servants get charged, they know they're guilty and resign before they can be convicted in an attempt to evade the process."

Nel says Local Government already has a system in place to identify these people, but warns it needs to be strengthened.

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