PREMIUM!

Fight the budget-wrecking viruses of graft and incompetence

Columns 2 weeks ago

Fire the incompetents, jail the corrupt. That’s how to build immunity against economic collapse.


24 Jun 2020
PREMIUM!
Fight the budget-wrecking viruses of graft and incompetence

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni arrives at parliament for his 2020 budget speech, 26 February 2020. Picture: Gallo Images

Covid-19, debt, deficits and job-shedding are not the only shadows over Wednesday’s supplementary budget speech by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. Twin viruses of corruption and incompetence have not yet peaked. Unmasked, they are contagious at all lockdown levels. “Science” shows that despite massive cash injections for the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and tough talk from the National Prosecuting Authority, not one Zupta has been jailed. In fact, corruption symptoms are spreading. Water was already contaminated. The department of water and sanitation’s irregular expenditure reached R8.9 billion in 2018-19. Contagion continues under lockdown. R600 million has been spent on...

BACK TO CITIZEN BACK TO PREMIUM



 


 

 

today in print