Minister of small business development Lindiwe Zulu must release the auditor-general’s (AG) report on its investigation into corruption by officials in her department, which was finalised in March. She must also initiate lifestyle audits on all department staff, many of whom are living lifestyles way beyond what their salaries would afford. The portfolio committee on small business development suspected corrupt activities in certain programmes after conducting oversight visits to Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. At the committee’s insistence, the department called in the AG to investigate. On the strength of the report, Zulu issued immediate suspension notices to nine department officials but is now refusing to release the report or name the offending officials. Staff from the AG’s office presented the report’s findings to members of the portfolio committee last week at a specially convened meeting in Centurion. The investigation probed allegations of corruption in the black b...

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