Mdladlana welcomes arrest of dept official


Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has welcomed the arrest of the Eastern Cape's Labour Deparment Executive Manager for alleged corruption relating to bribery and contravening government's tendering processes.

Minister Mdladlana said his department viewed the arrest and corruption seriously and it welcomed any measures by the law enforcement authorities to root out corruption within government structures.

"The law must now be allowed to take its cause," he said.

Minister Mdladlana ordered a forensic investigation on the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as part of the extra-ordinary and combative measures aimed at cleansing the fund off corrupt elements.

His swift action follows the release of the Auditor-General's report to Parliament on the finances of the UIF for the financial year ending on March 2004.

"I am not satisfied with the state of affairs. As the minister I need to scrutinize the situation. We do not want people to think that officials are busy enriching themselves with public funds," added the minister.

"I want to promise the public that heads will definitely roll should the investigation uncovers any wrongdoing. We might also rope in the elite crime fighters, the Scorpions," he said.

Source: BuaNews