During the proceedings of the Zondo commission inquiry into state capture, it was revealed that some cabinet ministers facilitated corruption, malfeasance and fraud in public institutions.
The commissions evidence leader, Kate Hofmeyer told Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that public enterprises ministers kept board members who were breaking rules.
“Ministers who sit in the department of public enterprises retain members of boards in their positions despite sustained evidence that they are not complying with their fiduciary duties and do not act swiftly enough to ensure proper governance,” she said.
She further went on to say that ministries do not act when they receive reports from whistle-blowers and as a result of that, civil society organisations must step in but have limited funds and are always not available to everyone.
“Priority crimes investigations stall for unthinkably long periods and are not brought to resolution,” she added when detailing her five facilitators and enablers of state capture, corruption and fraud in public institutions.
Furthermore, said the Hawks taking two years to get bank statements from a single bank in relation to one company, does not show care and conscientiousness in their duties.
“That just does not stack up as the product of diligent investigative and prosecutorial work. That is an enabler because it results in a situation where perpetrators not being brought to justice in any reasonable stretch of time.”
Hofmeyer also indicated that some companies allow their businesses to be used to hide the proceeds of unlawful activities as enablers of state capture by facilitating theft from the public purse.
“Funding institutions are not rigorous enough in their funding decisions which lead to them giving money when they are not supposed to,” she added.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.