Lack of service delivery the main cause of corruption, Iol.co.za/business – Iol Business Report
The extent of the corruption taking place at the deeds office in Pretoria is shocking, according to details that have been revealed in a plea bargain agreement between a former law firm employee and the National Prosecuting Authority.
The employee was convicted on 64 counts of corruption for the unlawful payment of a total of R889 500 between March 2009 and July 2010 to two senior deeds office officials to expedite the registration of property transfers for a residential property developer, which was one of the law firm’s biggest clients at the time.
Without attempting to diminish the illegality and wrongfulness of the actions by those involved and implicated in these corrupt activities, it is important to consider the root cause. The unfortunate reality is that inefficient service delivery by one arm of government created the environment in another where corruption could thrive and prosper.