Corruption was “well contained” in the Western Cape, according to the president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janine Myburgh.
Myburgh made the remarks in a statement released on Friday night following premier Helen Zille’s State of the Province Address (Sopa) earlier in the day.
Myburgh said Zille’s Sopa and her account of the progress made in the Western Cape gave a clear picture of where South Africa could be without the corruption that had plagued many other provinces and state-owned enterprises.
“Nothing says this more clearly than the Auditor General’s figures on local government where only 33 municipalities out of 257 achieved clean audits and 21 of them were in the Western Cape,” said Myburgh.
“This is a clear indication that the corruption problem is well contained in the Western Cape and it is surely one of the most important reasons for our success.”
In the public sector as a whole, the Western Cape had 83% clean audits, said Myburgh. The next best was Gauteng, with 52%. “The figures clearly show that the Western Cape is the leading province in the country and the best place to live,” she said.
The number of jobs created in the Western Cape had increased by 25% over the last 10 years while job numbers grew by only 18.8% in Gauteng and 8.8% in KZN, she said.
“In almost every area the record of success is outstanding and the indications for the future are good. Even a field like agriculture grew and created jobs despite the worst drought in a century.”
The province also produced the best matric results, the best science and maths result and its internet connectivity was the best in the country, said Myburgh.
“One can only imagine what South Africa would look like if it enjoyed the standard of governance that we have and if the corruption had been contained,” she said.
– African News Agency (ANA)