13 March 2018

South Africa: Operation Clean Audit - Scopa Hears Directors General Are Not Reporting Corruption

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The head of the Commercial Crimes in the Directorate for Priority Investigations, Major-General Alfred Khana, made a startling revelation to Scopa on Tuesday that most cases of suspected government corruption were not reported to the Hawks by Directors General of affected departments but by whistle-blowers and officials at lower levels. Oh, and KwaZulu-Natal emerged as the province where the bulk of the country's serious economic crimes had been uncovered. By MARIANE THAMM.

While the DPCI's ambitious "Operation Clean Audit National Government Departments and SoE's and MoE's" might have been rolled out in 2009 in North West Province and "implemented systematically in all other provinces" since then, evidence of its spectacular failure is the irregular expenditure by government departments of some R46-billion flagged by the Auditor General for the 2016/17 financial year alone.

On Tuesday DPCI head, Major-General Yolisa Matakata, and head of the DPCI's Commercial Crimes Major-General, Alfred Khana, presented to Scopa a progress report with regard to the case load, court cases, investigations and matters before the Senior Public Prosecutor for a decision.

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