Swaziland’s Minister of Finance, Majozi Sithole, has told the Senate that each year the country loses nearly double the annual social services budget to corruption, and NGOs are not being spared.
Sithole estimates that about R80 million a month is disappearing - amounting to about R960 million annually - while the government’s 2010/11 budget allocated R562 million to social services, including R182 million for education and R252 million for health.
In the same vein, Thandi Nkambule, director of the Swaziland Network for People with HIV and AIDS, an umbrella group for NGOs dealing with HIV/AIDS issues, has been quoted as saying that, “Corruption is a known reason why government is in a financial crisis.”
Nkambule further blames the shortage of antiretrovirals (ARVs) for the HIV-positive Swazis on corruption.
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