Minister Baloyi warns that government remains determined to root out corruption in society
28 Oct 2010
The Minister for Public Service and Administration Mr Richard Baloyi has urged society to be vigilant against corruption warning that it is the single most threat to good governance.
Minister Baloyi stressed that measures to fight corruption require partnership between government, business, civil society and the general public. He said Government as a partner has embarked on a number of policy instruments that are designed to make it difficult for corruption to thrive.
“As a society we should be worried about corruption as it is the single most threat to good governance. Left unabated, it will develop to a state where access to both public and private services is based on the degree to which you are able to manipulate delivery, even if these are supposed to be freely given. Chairperson, corruption is as much a team effort as anti-corruption, notwithstanding that the former’s teaming characteristics resembles those of a gangster.”
The Minister also announced that government is establishing a Special-Anti Corruption Unit that will be responsible for investigating corruption cases involving senior managers that are not yet in the formal criminal justice system.
The unit will among other areas investigate senior officials with undeclared business interests; doing business with government and yet have not disclosed their business interest; performing remunerative work outside the public service without permission, who solicit and or receive bribes in return for performing or not performing official duties and who are receiving some grant or benefits unlawfully.
The Minister has also appealed to society in general to adopt a zero-tolerance stance against corruption. He warned that corruption and other related activities have no place in a democratic South Africa.
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Issued by: Department of Public Service and Administration
28 Oct 2010
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