Industry corruption ‘appalls’ Cesa

30 May 2014

Consulting Engineering South Africa (Cesa) said on Monday that it was “appalled” by the apparent pressure put on its members to certify payment for work not completed, saying it would not bend to pressure from “greedy, unscrupulous and unqualified” contractors and corrupt officials, Engineering News reports.

“We are concerned and, as an organisation that represents an invaluable profession that is the backbone of [high-]quality infrastructure, we cannot [allow] this despicable behavior and conduct to continue unchallenged,” asserted Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane.

He said Cesa would not allow these “bad elements” to hold the profession to ransom or deter its members from practicing, adding that the actions of these individuals were impeding the delivery of basic services and critical infrastructure underpinning economic growth and job creation.

The Cesa head described governance in most municipalities as a “shambles”, saying it was worsened by the political interference in administration.

“We shall be relentless in holding those in power accountable. We shall work closely with government institutions to identify corrupt acts report them to the South African Police Services, the Public Protector, the Special Investigative Unit and National Treasury,” Makibinyane concluded.

By: Natalie Greve

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