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Ramaphosa Greenlights SIU Probes Into State Maladministration

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorized the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to conduct investigations into allegations of serious maladministration within state institutions, targeting the Free State Department of Public Works & Infrastructure, the Free State Provincial Legislature, and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.
  • The scope of the investigations includes various forms of misconduct such as improper conduct by state employees, unlawful expenditure of public funds, and corruption, with specific focus on procurement processes and infrastructure projects spanning specific timeframes.
  • The SIU is empowered to not only investigate but also identify systemic failures, provide recommendations for improvement, and take legal action, underscoring the government's commitment to combatting corruption and restoring transparency and accountability in South Africa's public sector.
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Miriam Matoma

In a bid to combat corruption and maladministration within state institutions, President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed two proclamations authorizing the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to delve into allegations of serious maladministration. The investigations are set to target the Free State Department of Public Works & Infrastructure and Human Settlements, the Free State Provincial Legislature, as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.

The scope of these investigations encompasses a wide array of allegations, including serious maladministration, improper conduct by state employees, unlawful expenditure of public funds, and various forms of corruption. Proclamation 156 of 2024 focuses on the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, honing in on projects such as the construction of the Mngwenya River Bridge, Umlalazi River Bridge, Mhlathuze Bridge, and Phethu River Bridge. This proclamation extends its reach to encompass activities dating back to June 1, 2016, up until February 23, 2024, or any relevant events preceding June 1, 2016.

Similarly, Proclamation 155 of 2024 targets the Free State Department of Public Works & Infrastructure and Human Settlements, as well as the Free State Provincial Legislature. This investigation centers around the procurement processes concerning the Ramkraal Project, spanning from March 1, 2010, to February 23, 2024, or any related occurrences outside of this time frame.

The SIU’s mandate extends beyond mere investigation; it is also tasked with identifying systemic failures within state institutions and providing recommendations to rectify these deficiencies, thereby preventing future losses. Moreover, in accordance with the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 74 of 1996, any evidence of criminal conduct unearthed during these investigations will be referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for further action.

Notably, the SIU is granted the authority to pursue civil action in the High Court or a Special Tribunal under its own name to rectify any wrongdoing resulting from acts of corruption, fraud, or maladministration. This signifies a proactive approach in holding accountable those responsible for mismanagement of public resources.

These proclamations underscore the government’s commitment to rooting out corruption and ensuring transparency and accountability within state institutions. By empowering the SIU to conduct thorough investigations and take legal action where necessary, President Ramaphosa aims to uphold the integrity of governance and restore public trust in South Africa’s public sector.

As these probes progress, stakeholders across various sectors will keenly observe the outcomes, which could have implications for public spending, infrastructure projects, and governance practices in South Africa.

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Miriam Matoma

Miriam is a freelance writer, she covers economics and government news for Rateweb. You can contact her on: Email: miriam@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @MatomaMiriam