AN INVESTIGATION by Auditor-General Terence Nombembe (reported in the Sunday Times) uncovered that more than 2 000 Government officials looted in excess of R500m from the public purse in eight of SA’s nine provinces between 2005 and 2007. The officials moonlighted as business executives and irregularly awarded tenders to companies owned by them or their spouses or relatives. THE SUNDAY TIMES urged President Jacob Zuma to read the report to understand the extent of corruption and fraud in Government. It said there’s an urgent need to find ways to name and shame fraudsters in public, in addition to prosecution. The Citizen said the report is Zuma’s first test to show his expressed commitment to deal with corruption.
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