Corruption in government procurement processes is a major concern amongst South Africans, as it results in billions of rands of the national budget going down the drain.
Many citizens have decided to do something about it – between our launch in January 2012 to the end of January 2014, we have received 465 reports related to procurement corruption. These are reports that have been confirmed to be corruption, and don’t include the many others submitted by concerned people which have been ruled out as corruption.
To understand more about how the procurement process should work, download our new e-book on corruption in government tendering. This will equip you with the knowledge to recognise irregularities in the process, as we explain how to go about applying for a tender, how government tendering works, how the tender is awarded, the ways in which corruption creeps in to the process, and more.
Budget focus on procurement corruption
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his budget speech today in Parliament. Expectations are high that he will report back on progress regarding the steps to tackle procurement corruption that he announced last year.
They included the appointment of a chief procurement officer in the Treasury, which would help the department to play a key role in policing the tender process both from a fraud and corruption level, and ensuring that government “gets value for money”.
Gordhan also highlighted the matter of questionable leasing deals, which would be another focus of his department. The two police headquarter leases, for which police commissioner Bheki Cele was suspended, were alone worth R1.6-billion.
The government’s 3 000-odd lease agreements were to be reviewed – this was expected to take a year.
Watch the budget live via web streaming at the parliamentary YouTube channel or on the Treasury website.