THE Herald article, "Shock report on govt fraud” (August 2), reports yet another massive graft discovery by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) using the words "once again”. The alarming reality is that one hardly reacts to news of so many major crimes anymore because they are so numerous and everyday.
One is of course not so naive as to believe that graft in particular is peculiar to this government or indeed this country. It is however particularly heinous in South Africa because of the level of poverty and lack of critical service delivery.
As taxpayers we are of course all seriously affected by this scourge, but it is particularly tragic that those who rely on adequate state facilities, such as the health service, are the most deprived.
Of particular frustration is that these crimes are frequently uncovered but we hear little, if anything concerning the consequences for the perpetrators.
I have no doubt that should an ordinary citizen be caught stealing R100 from a shop, for example, retribution would be swift and the punishment fairly severe. There are many imprisoned for crimes infinitely smaller than the enormous graft which has become virtually daily news.
The obvious question is: when will the names of these criminals be made public and what is their real punishment? Suspensions and complex investigations cost even more money, and are clearly ineffective and not an adequate deterrent.
Barry Sendall, Walmer, Port Elizabeth