Sep 20, 2021

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Whistle-blower and witness protection gets urgent attention in Gauteng

Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura says the protection of whistleblowers and witnesses is an urgent concern at the national and provincial levels.

Makhura said his office is working with the Gauteng Ethics and Anti-Corruption Council a report on the state of ethics and integrity promotion in the province. He said it would be released in late September.

The Gauteng Provincial Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) received the provincial forensic investigation report from Makhura’s office on Thursday.

“We are still receiving updates from institutions and departments to ensure they accurately reflect the implementation of our Integrity Management Policy and Anti-Corruption Strategy as outlined in this update for Scopa, ”he said.

Chief Director for Integrity Management Mildred Nkopane said that all members of the Executive Board have been subjected to lifestyle audits by the State Security Agency (SSA) in accordance with the framework developed by the national government.

“We expect the process to be completed until the end of November this year. First, a national framework had to be developed by the presidency so that there would be a uniform application throughout the government.

“It is intended to extend this process to all members of senior management and officials in high risk areas” she said.

So far, Nkopane said: 83% of Senior Management Services (SMS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) members had either completed the review or were waiting for the result of their review.

She said 17% of SMS and SCM officers did not apply. or submitted forms for review. Accountants have been instructed to take action against officials who oppose or refuse to review, she said.

“It is important that all officers undergo a review, to reduce the risk or potential or actual conflict of interest and unethical behavior. ”

Nkopane said the Prime Minister’s office had reported a number of matters to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

“Seven complaints from the Gauteng Provincial Government related to the SIU and three other complaints were sent directly to the SIU by whistleblowers. Three proclamations have been issued, “she said.

According to the report, the Ministry of Health recorded 32.9% of the total cases received.

Nkopane said the five most common cases reported were under investigation Procurement irregularities, fraud, human resource irregularities, money mismanagement and corruption in the fight against corruption.

He said that 82.1% of all recommendations from various forensic investigations were either fully implemented or were being implemented , while 17.9% were in arrears.

“There are 147 criminal cases opened, 69 civil lawsuits filed, 517 disciplinary cases initiated and 616 million, Department of Economic Crime and the Auditors l to fight corruption and an ethical public service to build.