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ANC welcomes probe into state bodies

2014-07-31 14:36

Johannesburg - The ANC on Thursday welcomed the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU's) probe into a number of institutions for maladministration and corruption.

"This decision is underpinned by the commitment of the ANC to ensure zero tolerance to corruption for greater accountability and clean governance," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"The ANC remains convinced that continuous monitoring of government performance and the institution of early warning systems will go a long way to exposing real and potential corruption as well as those behind these acts of corruption."

Kodwa said the ruling party called on the SIU to ensure the probes were undertaken "expeditiously within acceptable time frames".

He said the ANC expected all levels of government and state institutions to help in the process.

On Wednesday, the presidency said President Jacob Zuma had asked the SIU to probe the SA Post Office (Sapo), the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), the Greater Tubatse local municipality and Vhembe district municipality in Limpopo, and the national departments of labour, public works, and transport.

"While not pre-judging these cases, the proclamations are part of the drive to fight, eradicate, and prevent corruption and maladministration at all levels of government and state-owned enterprises," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said at the time.

Regarding the national departments and local municipalities, the SIU would look at allegations of improper or unlawful conduct of staff, unlawful appropriation or expenditure, and unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitions involving state property.

It would investigate intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property and alleged corruption.

At Sapo, the unit would investigate alleged irregular conduct by board members.

The Sita investigation would focus on, among others, allegations of maladministration and unlawful or improper conduct by officials.

"Full details relating to the directives issued to the SIU are contained in the relevant proclamations that will be gazetted on Friday, 1 August 2014," said Maharaj.

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