Dept is working hard to fight corruption, says DDG

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs is doing everything it can to root out the endemic problem of corruption, says Deputy Director General Vusi Mkhize.

Mkhize on Tuesday said the department had not shied away from the problem of staff taking bribes and working with syndicates.

"It is just generally an endemic problem to have a situation where throughout the years there has become a culture to solicit bribes. The issue of syndicates is one of the longstanding problems the department was also trying to root out," he said.

Mkhize revealed that on average the department had dismissed about 120 corrupt officials, in addition to other disciplinary actions or sanctions taken against those people who may have acted illegally.

However, he said there was a need for a strong holistic approach to corruption throughout the society as it takes two parties to commit the act.

"It doesn't matter whether its in private sector, or public sector, the issue of just moral decay and the lack of doing work honestly with integrity remains a challenge. It takes someone outside to grease the palm of someone inside the department," he said.