Bravo, Scopa, for fight­ing graft

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

There are neg­a­tives and pos­i­tives about the R84 mil­lion that van­ished from a district mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the North West – an event which the Hawks did not deem wor­thy of in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The neg­a­tive is that the crime unit ap­pears to have been sloppy in ac­cept­ing ex­pla­na­tions that the money – part of R134 mil­lion paid in er­ror to the Bo­janala mu­nic­i­pal­ity – had been paid back, when it had not.

The pos­i­tive is that the pro­vin­cial stand­ing com­mit­tee on public ac­counts (Scopa) doesn’t ac­cept that the Hawks closed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

And that is en­cour­ag­ing be­cause the fight against the wide­spread cor­rup­tion and loot­ing – and this ap­pears to be yet another bla­tant ex­am­ple – is not go­ing to de­velop mo­men­tum with­out sup­port from all South Africans.

The North West Scopa, which is dom­i­nated by the ANC, has shown it is not pre­pared to let this sort of theft go un­pun­ished … and that is a stark con­trast to many ANC cadres, of­fice hold­ers and over­sight bod­ies, which have turned a blind eye over the years to such con­duct.

Theft of state money is not, as some would be­lieve, a vic­tim­less crime. It hurts all South Africans and must be stopped in its tracks.

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