Govt working hard to combat corruption in SOEs

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Government is going to work hard at combating the scourge of corruption in State-Owned Entities and in various government departments, this according to Deputy President David Mabuza.

Answering questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Mabuza said in light of state-capture allegations in various SOEs, government has a mammoth task to defend what he calls “public institutions”.

Mabuza says government will allow the processes and investigations underway to continue as part of other means in fighting corruption.

“We are putting in place mechanisms to detect and fight all shapes and forms of corruption. We note that corruption is a cancer that we must not allow to grow. We want to stem corruption and uproot corruption from our ranks, being it a traffic officer on the road or a teller at home affairs,” expressed Mabuza.

Mabuza added that government has already started talks with traditional leaders as part of the process of land expropriation without compensation.

Mabuza says that traditional leaders seemed to be divided on the issue of land restitution, especially the communal land. He says the executive has advised traditional leaders to sort-out their differences for the interest of their own people.

“Some have put claims as traditional leaders claiming land that belong to another traditional leader. That has created tension amongst themselves and we said let this tension not divide them because we are looking at the bigger problem. So they must unite because they are fighting over small pieces of land that is undeveloped, that has no economic benefit.”