The IFP in KZN questions the monitoring and evaluation system used to assess and track projects’ progress by various departments in the province.
This comes after an increase in corruption cases where public delinquents siphon millions of Rands in paying for non-existing projects and bogus service providers while soliciting money into personal bank accounts.
The latest scandal took place in Harry Gwala District Municipality where more than ten employees were involved in looting R1.3 million allegedly paid for services which were not rendered.
Another similar case was discovered during an oversight visit conducted by the Quality of Life Portfolio Committee in Ilembe District last week where it was found th
at several departments funded a non-existing agricultural project.
The IFP demands clarity on the system used by departments to get regular feedback and evaluate the progress of programme implementation including operational and administrative activities that track resource acquisition and allocation, the delivery of services and cost records.
It is disturbing that this province has simply failed to design, develop and sustain an effective and efficient M&E system that could eradicate corruption. Government departments and officials cannot continue to loot the state.
We are worried that from a legislative point of view, the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 imposes stern penalties for corrupt behaviour but ANC officials protect each other and evade the law.
The act permits the courts to sentence someone to life imprisonment for various forms of corruption but we continue to witness officials getting away with murder. There is still a lot of space for manipulation by ANC officials. We call for firm action against those implicated in these corruption cases. They must face the full might of the law.
Issued by IFP