Zuma orders probing of state bodies for corruption

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The SA Post Office and IT agency Sita, two municipalities and three national departments will be investigated for irregularities and corruption.

  President   Jacob Zuma has asked the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe a number   of institutions for maladministration and corruption, his spokesperson Mac   Maharaj said on Wednesday.

  The entities to be investigated are the South African Post   Office (Sapo), the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), the Greater   Tubatse local municipality and Vhembe district municipality in Limpopo, and   the national departments of labour, public works and transport.

  “While not pre-judging these cases, the   proclamations are part of the drive to fight, eradicate and prevent   corruption and maladministration at all levels of government and state-owned   enterprises,” Maharaj said.

  Regarding the national departments and local   municipalities, the SIU is to look into allegations of improper or unlawful   conduct of staff, unlawful appropriation or expenditure and unlawful,   irregular or unapproved acquisitions involving state property.

  It will investigate intentional or negligent loss   of public money or damage to public property and alleged corruption.

  At Sapo, the unit will investigate alleged   irregular conduct by board members. The Sita investigation is to focus on, among   others, allegations of maladministration and unlawful or improper conduct by   officials.

  “Full details relating to the directives   issued to the SIU are contained in the relevant proclamations that will be   gazetted on Friday 1 August 2014,” said Maharaj. – Sapa

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