THE auditor-general’s revelation that 916 KwaZulu-Natal government officials and their spouses had illegally benefited from government tenders worth R134m confirms what has been known for some time, but nothing has been done to stop it.
Some officials are said to be so adept at the fraudulent practice they would generate a government tender with the sole aim of awarding it to their spouses or cronies in exchange for a backhander.
The graft is so endemic, so entrenched that it’s no longer perceived as a crime in some circles. It’s the sort of skulduggery one used to associate with failed states such as Mobutu Sese Seko’s Zaire or Nigeria. Sadly, it’s now a familiar tale here. And still we wait for tough talk on corruption to be matched by action.