Fighting corruption remains one of government’s main priorities,
given the detrimental effect it has on development, says Minister in The Presidency for Planning,
Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe. “Corruption never begins and ends with one official.
There is always a network of corrupt officials who connive and make shady deals in the dark alleys of our society.
“It is against this backdrop that our approach to fighting corruption deals with both those who corrupt as well as those who are corrupted,” added the Minister.
Corruption in the public and private sectors has serious consequences for South Africa’s development and government’s efforts to effectively deliver services, he noted.
The Minister delivered the keynote address at a gathering of diplomats, public servants, representatives of academia,
civil society, labour, the media and others at the University of South Africa on International Anti-Corruption Day recently.
South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Convention Against Corruption adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2003.
Member countries have to regularly report on measures they’ve taken to implement the Convention.
In September 2015, to combat corruption, government started a process to develop a comprehensive
National Anti-Corruption Strategy that will inform the work of government and the citizenry towards building a more prosperous nation, said the Minister.
A global problem Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy, in an address on behalf of Premier David Makhura,
said the UN reports that yearly worldwide more than US$1 trillion is paid in bribes and about US$2.6 trillion is stolen through corruption.
The UN says Africa is losing over US$50 billion yearly to illegal transactions and had lost up to US$1 trillion in illicit outflows in the past 50 years, added MEC Creecy.
“Corruption is one of the biggest impediments to achieving development,” she said.
Zhuidyz Akisheva of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime pointed out that the poor and vulnerable suffer the most when there is corruption and that efforts against crime and corruption constitute a war.
Akisheva said there is growing intolerance among many ordinary people. “Corruption is the result of individual decisions,” she said.
and accepted the challenge and is fighting the proverbial war against corruption alongside other strata of society,
said Kenny Govender, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).
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