Corrupt public servants

Public servants who misuse state funds should beware!

Government is escalating efforts to clamp down on fraud, corruption and racketeering and the consequences could not only be career ending but could land perpetrators behind bars.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s spokesperson Advocate Luvuyo Mfaku said that if convicted, a person’s employment prospects diminish.

 Worse still, they could face a prison sentence of no less than 15 years.

“The prescribed minimum sentence for fraud and corruption is 15 years for a fi rst offender and 20 years for a second offender,”

Mfaku said. He added that one may receive a lesser sentence in cases where special circumstances exist.

“Racketeering carries 25 years’ [imprisonment] or a fi ne not exceeding R1 billion,” he told PSM.

These sentences would be in addition to the loss of job opportunities due to a lack of trust.

A government employee found guilty of any of these crimes would be barred from future public sector jobs.

People in the private sector involved in defrauding the state may also find themselves out in the cold because a company seeking

to maintain its reputation could fi re directors involved in such crimes.

“In some instances, as a businessperson, you may be declared a delinquent director and therefore be prohibited from being a director of a company,” Mfaku said.

Fraud is described by the Oxford dictionary as “the crime of cheating somebody in order to get money or goods illegally”.

Corruption is described as “dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority”.

Racketeering, which carries the heaviest penalty of the three charges, is “the activity of making money through dishonest or illegal activities”.

If you detect or suspect any fraud, corruption or racketeering in the public sector you can to report it on the Fraud Hotline on Despite being a water-scarce country,

South Africa is reportedly losing an estimated 36.8% of its water through non-revenue water, i.e. water that is produced but “lost” before it reaches the customer.

Of this, an estimated 25.4% is lost through leaks. Water leaks are costing the country around R7 billion per annum.

To help prevent these losses, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and its entity, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),

 have developed a web-based incident reporting and infrastructure monitoring system to help municipalities to improve their turnaround times when attending to service delivery complaints.

The Corrective Action Request and Report System (CARRS) will help communities to timeously report water supply disruptions, leaks and related incidents.

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