Minister Fritz: Four Officials Dismissed
Media Statement by Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development
A few months ago, I released a statement in which I revealed that the Western Cape Department of Social Development received information from a major bank that four of its employees may be embezzling department funds through an account they opened together with an NGO. At the time, the officials concerned transferred over R80 000 into an account to which they had access.
The disciplinary process has subsequently been concluded and they were all found guilty of fraud. The sanction for all four officials was dismissal and they are no longer in the employ of the Western Cape Government.
I am committed to clean governance and will not tolerate any form of corruption in my department. I would like to thank the financial institution concerned for their vigilance, and encourage any members of the public, NGO sector or government officials who notice suspicious activities to come forward and report this information immediately to our corruption hotline: 0800 701 701. As is evident in this case, we do take action.
We create platforms for reporting abuse, but it is only with co-operation from concerned citizens that we are able to make this government better together.
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