Most of the corruption complaints received by the Public Service Commission in the previous financial year were about corruption with the payment of social grants.
The commission says in its latest quarterly report between April 1, 2019 and March 31 of this year, the national counter-fraud hotline received 1 007 fraud charges with the payment of those grants.
211 service delivery complaints were received, 185 on hiring irregularities, 65 on illegal immigrants, 46 on government misuse, 44 on purchase irregularities and 33 on mismanagement.
In 2004, the commission was commissioned by the Cabinet to establish and manage the counter-fraud hotline.
In the fourth quarter of the financial year, 437 complaints of alleged corruption were reported.
The commission also monitors the number of accounts of service providers that take longer than 30 days to be paid. He says he is very concerned that many government departments still do not have effective systems in place to ensure service providers are paid as soon as possible.
According to the commission, late payment of bills has serious consequences for black empowerment companies in particular – especially in the current very difficult economic climate.
As for the provinces, the Eastern Cape, North West, Gauteng and the Northern Cape are the big scapegoats with late payment of bills.
“It should be pointed out, however, that Gauteng has made great progress over the past year,” the commission said.
He says the Covid-19 restriction is a major challenge for civil servants and he is concerned about incidents where the public is treated poorly by law enforcement officials in particular who use excessive force.