…tender-rigging and corruption worth more than R610-million.

South Africa’s civil servants have scored more than half-a-billion rand in government tenders, which were irregularly awarded to their spouses and relatives.

An investigation by auditor-general Terence Nombembe into government officials who moonlight as business executives, found that more than 2000 were involved in tender-rigging and corruption worth more than R610-million.

He has recommended disciplinary action and a tightening of government procurement systems.

The civil servants awarded tenders to companies owned by themselves, their spouses or their relatives.

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