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SA has checks and balances - UN

2011-12-09 12:13

Johannesburg - The constant scrutiny of government appointments, policies and lifestyles shows that checks and balances are in place in South Africa, an anti-corruption summit heard in Johannesburg on Friday.

"I am impressed with the vibrant democracy in South Africa," said Mandiaye Niang, a representative from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

He said checks and balances were the cornerstone of any democracy.

"Corruption exists because we don't want to lose our advantages... even though they are unduly acquired. Corruption is deeply rooted in the dark side of human nature."

He noted there was a temptation for humans to take advantage of rules, and abuse power.

Keamogetswe Mokone, delivering a message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said: "Corruption affects all countries... All of us have a responsibility to fight the cancer of corruption."

It distorted markets and eventually robbed consumers, she said.

Also expected to speak at the summit on Friday were Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachee and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Comments
  • methedex - 2011-12-09 12:16

    Just fix the damn corruption. Tired of the politicians driving nice cars they buy with my money! Give it to the poor! Earn your votes!

      methedex - 2011-12-09 12:58

      Why aren't those riches then feeding the hungry instead of buy nice mags for politicians? It don't matter what colour you are, If you're hungry you're hungry! If it was a white politician driving a nice car, I'd be tired of him too...

      Koos - 2011-12-09 12:58

      @ Flowfinger..... everyone is tired of that as the black pollies dont so if with their own money but with the money from the poor people who they are suppose to be helping but instead they are laughing at them in their faces.

      Spyker - 2011-12-09 13:36

      @Flowingriversofsh1tspeak.., The colour of your skin does NOT give you the right to ANYTHING - not a car of ANY sort and certainly NOT the 'riches' of South Africa or ANY other riches for that matter. But this is then exactly what your FASCIST BLACK NATIONALIST regime tells you, this then exactly what you want to hear from your FASCIST BLACK NATIONALIST regime, because you think that gives you the RIGHT to steal from white people. They tell you that you have a right to steal from white people, because white people just do not want blacks to have nice stuff, they tell you complain about corruption only because they are (supposedly) jealous of what black people have... And YOU like hear that, because that means you do not have to do a honest day's work - NO, YOU CAN JUST CONTINUE TO STEAL. Here is a rude awakening: you are lucky enough to have been handed on a platter the largest economy in Africa (well at the time at least), but even that can be stolen empty - so look at Zimbabwe and start preparing yourself for a time when you will have to walk to Zimbabwe to go and look for a means to survive in their country... THERE IS A GOD..!

      Spyker - 2011-12-09 13:44

      “...constant scrutiny of government appointments, policies and lifestyles...” What a pathetic joke... This comment serves once again that the UN is the most worthless, out-of-touch and positively irrelevant collection of babbling parasites in the known universe. It demonstrates that the piteous reverie of MULTICULTURALISM is simply a smoke-screen for a centralised form of government that promotes nothing other than a fast-track back to the stone-age. I am not in the least surprised that NATO effectively ignores the UN – it is meaningless.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-09 13:53

      Well it apears then you should change these "policies" because they are not working.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-09 13:54

      And what do they mean by... "lifestyles"?

      Spyker - 2011-12-09 13:57

      ... IT IS TIME TO PREPARE FOR CIVIL WAR. I am amazed that ANC24 has not reported on the following: ANC Pledges Continued Support To Zanu-PF http://www.radiovop.com/index.php/national-news/7707-anc-pledges-continued-support-to-zanu-pf.html The ANC and Zanu-PF are cooperating to ensure that Mugabe will win the 2012 elections in Zimbabwe. The long-term objective is to turn SA into a totalitarian state (like Zim) that will seize farms, exclude the white minority from the SAcan economy and eventually create a governmental-dynasty similar to what Libya was under Gaddafi.

      Flowingriver - 2011-12-09 13:59

      @Spyker boy.....Not all black people are criminals.....and yes there are many of us who do perform an honest day of work...What u chinas need to realize is that we voted our leaders in place and are prepared to stand by them ...all the way. What u people dont see is that blacks are far better of now, since 1994......GET THAT IN YOUR HEAD....and then you will realize that, that is why we support our government!...Comprende a#$ebreath!

      Vuyo - 2011-12-09 14:28

      Our minister of checks and balances, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane spent about R1.7 million in domestic and international air travel in just 15 months. Mr Ki-Moon clearly has no interest in SA that's why he sent a representative with this pathetic hogwash of a speech.

      Spyker - 2011-12-09 14:29

      As I said Flowingtrash - it is time for WAR...

      Nikki - 2011-12-09 14:32

      @Flowingriver: Listen pal...on your earlier point about maybe a case of "white" people's dissatisfaction with "black politicians" bling wheels bought with OUR (That's right YOURS AND MINE!)tax money... Have you seen/heard what the premier of the Western Cape drives around in? Would you rather have OUR tax money spent on FEEDING/building a house for YOUR brothers and sisters living in abject poverty in shacks or have YOUR politicians YOU voted for, drive around in beemers and mercs? Think again idiot!

  • tacod - 2011-12-09 12:21

    Checks and balances, mmmm, the problem is that the checks are performed by individuals that can be bought therefore giving a skewed balance. The fact that corruption is so lightly penalized, make it worthwhile for it to be carried on with. The fact that some government officials that has been found guilty on criminal charges are still allowed to serve goes to show what is happening to the morality in this country.

      Rodney - 2011-12-09 13:24

      they wait for the cheques to increase their balances.

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-09 12:28

    What a load of rubbish! I can't believe the UN has him in their service!

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-09 14:50

      My thoughts too Leonard. Someone must be paying you to say this!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-09 12:31

    These so called checks and balances are not as kosher as they seem. Its performed by people with questionable credentials and dont paint an accurate picture. If Mandiaye Niang looked a little closer he would see that the picture presented is held together by superglue!

  • Callan - 2011-12-09 12:35

    Whats Roy "room service" Padayachee going to speak about? How to screw the taxpayer with his hotel expense account?

  • Larry - 2011-12-09 12:46

    The uN does not live here, otherwise they would know that there is not nearly enough checks and balances, to keep this rapacious ANC in line.

  • Zion - 2011-12-09 12:47

    If the UN looked a bit longer and deeper then they would have seen the truth. corruption forms the base load and is worked into the fabric of our nation and has become an integral part of it. A bit of paper indicating 1400 and some cases of corruption has been sorted out but conveniently refrain from stating the figure to probably run into many thousands per annum. The highest rate of corruption in terms of Rands is found in those quarters that proclaim and adopt an anti-corruption stance. Yes, the government and all its hypocrisy is the entity which is the most corrupt. Unfortunately it is like farting against thunder to fight corruption from lower down. Corruption will remain.

  • braamc - 2011-12-09 12:53

    Absolute rubbish, checks and balances in place. I just want to check my balance of the tender.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-09 12:54

    Which country is this guy talking about. The checks and balances in this country don't seem to be working. Just look at all the headlines.

  • Blade - 2011-12-09 13:10

    Yes the ANC write out a lot of "checks" which they deposit into their personal accounts to increase their "balances".

  • gregory.f.dean - 2011-12-09 13:10

    I wonder where this person obtains his information? Corruption is rife from the bottom up. I question his so called checks and balances!

  • Garth - 2011-12-09 13:13

    An Asian politician speaking about checks and balances? Bet you all the anc ignorants thought that he was speaking about `cheques' and `bank balances'. Unfortunately, their ignorant supporters will `suck and swallow' this and line up to vote this corrupt ineptocracy back into power. Poor SA . . .

  • Hermann - 2011-12-09 13:17

    Can't help to wonder if Niang was paid to make this statement and by who.

  • Bob - 2011-12-09 13:20

    Mandiaye Niang is like the rest of the UN folk...Blind, stupid and an idiot!

  • Piet - 2011-12-09 13:49

    They meant to say the Cadres have cheques and bank balances!

  • NeoAcheron - 2011-12-09 13:53

    "I am impressed with the vibrant democracy in South Africa," -- Then you are easily impressed my man...

  • Irene - 2011-12-09 14:07

    Mandiaye Niang has to be on drugs and tripping. Either that or her calculator doesn't work because things most certainly do not add up in the South Africa that is being run by the Robben Island Old Boys Club. Actually it would be a good idea to send them all back there.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-09 18:33

    I wonder if the majority of people in this "vibrant democracy" will agree with this guy. I wonder if he even knows about them, or them about him. Sweet words won't relieve the suffering of our people. We need education and we need liberating action.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-09 19:23

    SA has checks and balances - UN Yes. Thick cheque books and fat bank balances.

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