2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


UNBRIDLED FRAUD AND CORRUPTION IN THE
  FREE STATE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM PARLIAMENTARIAN FOR FREE STATE

The UDM expresses its shock at revelations by the Director General of the Free State administration, Mr Khotso de Wee, regarding the extent of fraud, corruption and unauthorised expenditure in several provincial departments.

The greatest concern for the UDM is the 345 cases of corruption in the Department of Education, of which at least 40 are linked to crime syndicates. Education is one of the cornerstones of democracy, where every cent has to be stretched to ensure that our children are empowered with the necessary skills to participate in the 21st century. This corruption and fraud must be eradicated, since it constitutes the blatant theft of the next generation's rights.

The UDM calls on the Free State legislature to immediately institute mechanisms to bring to book the accounting officers of departments where cases of corruption and fraud have been exposed. In cases where corruption, fraud and unauthorised spending have been repeated over a period of numerous years, the MEC of the particular department must explain this to the provincial legislature.

If negligence can be proven, swift action must be taken against the guilty parties. The ANC government of the province must show the political will and commitment to eradicate corruption once and for all. This can only be achieved through swift and harsh action against transgressors, in order to set an example to all, whether politician or official, that corruption will not be tolerated.

Enquiries:
Gerhard Koornhof, MP

Cape Town
08 June 2000