Civil service fraud cost SA R300m

2012-07-23 13:37

Cape Town - The state lost R300m through fraud and other financial misconduct by civil servants in the 2009/10 financial year, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Monday.

In national departments, R260m that could not be recovered was lost and in the provinces, the figure came to R40m, she said in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

Local government employees refunded the state some R4m but in national departments the culprits paid back only R325 171, Sisulu said.

According to figures from the Public Service Commission cited by the minister, a total of 1 135 financial misconduct cases were reported at national and local government level in 2009/2010.

Employees were found guilty in 998 cases. Of those, 214 were dismissed, 498 were issued with final written warnings, and the rest with smaller sanctions.

Please note: We earlier published a report by Sapa stating that civil service fraud amounted to R30bn. This was a mistake and has been rectified to R300m. We apologise for the confusion.


  • robert.starke.98 - 2012-07-23 13:41

    So when are they paying the money back, or when if the Fortieture unit going out to cease assets. Then lock the culprits up on Robben Island !!

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-23 13:57

      And still they vote for them...!!!!!! We must be the stupidest country in the world...!!!!!

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-07-23 15:03

      She is lying, it is more like 20billion Rand

      carol.paterson.923 - 2012-07-23 15:08

      Good news - you are going to Robben Island Bad news - you have got to swin there!!! When is this thieving ever going to end??????

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-23 21:15

      @seymour.howe - the city preceding any newspaper article, on-line or in print, is the city were the story was filed with the news agency. Contrary to popular belief, stories are filed with news agencies and the editors decide what gets published - and when.

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-07-23 13:43

    Which is still further PROOF that the anc have no idea what is going on, further Proof they have no clue about finance NOT even our minister of finance. To just loose money????????????????????????

      andre.pretorius.1297 - 2012-07-23 14:08

      Corrective measure, screw the taxpayer more!!!!

  • ambauli - 2012-07-23 13:44

    Was anyone punished for this treason?

      ryan - 2012-07-23 13:56

      Who knows!

      appietrader - 2012-07-23 16:09

      Never, they get rewarded. Stealing state funds is not a crime but a BEE right. Selebi even out of jail.

  • eddie.marinda - 2012-07-23 13:45

    gosh!, no one arrested! Thats 60 000 RDP houses at R50k each! if this happened in China some people would have faced the firing squad!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-23 15:11

      And cant even reach there targets

  • mark.singh.9889 - 2012-07-23 13:45

    I think R3bn sounds a bit conservative. It might be double that amount.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-23 14:06

      Far more likely double standards

  • luytster - 2012-07-23 13:45

    I thought fraud and theft was a crime. How come not one flipping charge laid never mind convictions secured. If i had to get caught taking a company pen home i would be dismissed. Excuse me while go and vomit my lunch up.

      Klaus - 2012-07-23 14:41

      How can you FIRE the CANCer collective ?!

  • steven.loots.33 - 2012-07-23 13:49

    ANC, what a joke. Spring by n brug af.

  • Matthew - 2012-07-23 14:01

    Hahahaha And the ANC has just said "no double standards" This government,aka the ANC is a joke.Biggest criminals in this country,full stop!

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-07-23 14:03

    Comdrade Minister please give steps you going to take to recover the loss: we (the public)also need breakdown showing your targets: we (the public) will follow it up for you don't worry

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-23 14:07

    So basically we tax payers are working for others to live the good life and get a warning,whilst the sheep continue to vote for poverty!!!!!

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-23 14:10

    And no-one in jail yet.

  • keith.recore - 2012-07-23 14:13

    apparently "crime pays". Until those who steal have to pay, you will see the same result. Once those who get caught "pay" a price, will you see those numbers go down substantially. Right now it appears too easy just to steal.

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-07-23 14:20

    This is nothing new, it has been going on for a long time and will continue to go on and on and on . . . and there are probably more that must still surface !!! This is RSA . . .

  • Anthony Hooper - 2012-07-23 14:21

    Your article above this refers to the UK and SA's anti corruption law for businesses. Can we not use some of those examples here?

  • Hein Van Wyk - 2012-07-23 14:25

    lady's and gentlemen welcome to South Africa ... now as you walk out the door plz look to your left so you don't see the crime happening on you right, and also in shot or stab dont all the police or you will get robbed, thx and have a nice day

  • duncan.loxton - 2012-07-23 14:31

    Vavi,as the leader of the trade union can you please correct me if I'm wrong,but isn't theft of any kind an immediate dismissal according to the labour law?I,ve seen poor working class people fired for even stealing as much as a toilet paper.Wass up!

  • isabel.hodgson.16 - 2012-07-23 14:45

    ... but it will continue!!

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-07-23 14:56

    I wonder how many RDP houses you can build with R300M+...

  • felican - 2012-07-23 14:57

    For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge!!! As the song aks: When will we ever learn. Smooth talkers will always bait the pot with honey to catch the fly... And those flies who have never tasted honey before will naturally clammer around the pot.. But a LOGICAL question - When will they pay all this back... ??? Logical ANSWER - Never on a Sunday, for sure.. And here we have people really starving and battling to live - no jobs available - food prices hiking - commodities being priced out of sight and still they rule.. AND WHAT has Apartheid got to do with it - NOTHING... IT IS PURE GREED ..

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-23 17:50

    Clever move to make her Public Service & Administration Minister. She knows how to hide or paint things a different colour.

  • zs5zk - 2012-09-26 10:04

    What is NOT being EXPOSED.?????? At Present,Only Small fry.!!!!!!

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