It has emerged that corrupt activities reported via the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) have led to the arrest of over 3000 officials.

Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba disclosed this while he was leading a briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster at the Imbizo Centre on Thursday.

Minister Gigaba said:

“A total of 3 600 officials were found guilty of misconduct related to corrupt activities reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline in the public service between 1 September 2004 and 31 January 2017.

The closure rate underscores a commitment by government departments to investigate allegations of corruption as reported through the NACH.”

Minister Gigaba buttressed as itemised:

  1. About 1,700 officials have been dismissed from the public service;
  2. A total of 447 officials were fined, with some of them not receiving a salary for three months;
  3. Some 137 officials were demoted;
  4. 921 officials were given final written warnings,
  5. and 395 officials were prosecuted.

Minister Gigaba upheld that the Anti-Corruption Hotline of the Public Service Commission is a proactive tool in fighting corruption.

He also divulged that as at 31 January 2017, 18,778 cases were referred to government departments, and feedback on 17 240, or 92%, cases was received. “Of the total number of cases referred, 16,947 (90%) cases were closed.

The successful investigation of cases of alleged corruption reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline resulted in the recovery of R410 million from perpetrators.

“It is, therefore, evident that the National Anti-Corruption Hotline has yielded positive results, not only in terms of monetary value but also in terms of disciplinary action taken against perpetrators,” asserted the Minister.