Baloyi launches anti-corruption unit

2010-11-25 22:16

Johannesburg - A special anti-corruption unit was launched on Wednesday to shape up the public service sector and shake out officials with suspect business dealings, the Public Service and Administration department said.

"(We) cannot tolerate any embezzlement of funds. We cannot tolerate a situation where the community feel that they have to either bribe their way through or contend without a service they otherwise deserve for free," Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said in a speech prepared for delivery in Boksburg.

"Our nest is threatened, and like a wasp, we shall sting," he said.

Baloyi said the unit would mainly investigate the business dealings of officials within the department.

The focus would be on their undeclared business interests, failure to disclose these interests when doing business with government, work on the side without permission and the soliciting or receipt of bribes in return for doing or not doing official duties.

Ethics officers in each department would compile a register to this effect and publish it in the public interest, as well as have it communicated by Baloyi on June 23 of every year.

"The 23rd of June will be observed as Africa Public Service this current intervention, we will (also) communicate good conduct, recognise, respect and reward," he said.

The ultimate performance outcome of the unit would be a reduction in corruption incidents, an increase in the number of cases reported and an increase in the amount of embezzled money recovered.

The unit would also aim to increase finalised and concluded cases as well as reduce the negative perception of corruption in the sector.

Critical role

Baloyi said the unit would function as three divisions, namely the investigation division, the legal and disciplinary division, and the strategic information management division, which would ensure adequate security for whistle blowers, informants and information provided.

"We will work closely with the public service commission, Treasury, chapter nine institutions, special investigating unit, SA police service, civil society, business formations and all volunteers," he said.

"The state information technology agency (Sita) will play a critical role to ensure that we use technology to enhance the effectiveness of this intervention."

Baloyi said it was important to deal not only with the corrupt in question, but with their environment as well.

"In dealing with the environment that gives rise to corruption, we start with the area of ethics and integrity, reward well-mannered public servants and expose the rotten apples... and ensure that performance assessments include behavioural aspects of public servants," he said.

Baloyi said public service legislation and regulations could be changed from June next year to help achieve the unit's objectives.

In the meantime, the unit would operate at a co-ordination level.

  • croix - 2010-11-26 03:18

    I must warn the new unit not to be TOO SUCCESSFUL - you will be disbanded just like the Scorpions. So take it easy guys - enjoy the salaries and perks, and don't be too serious!

  • Hux - 2010-11-26 07:51

    I suppose that is the end of Zuma?

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-23 20:45

      This is to combat low level corruption, not for your serious gangsters,I mean politicians.

  • Mart - 2010-11-26 08:08

    HEADLINE from the near future....'Anti-corruption Unit investigated for corruption..'. If Zuma is serious about stamping out corruption, then he should appoint someone from the official opposition to head up such a Unit. That would be real progress........ya dream on buddy!!! Baloyi's statements thus far amount to the same old rhetoric....what I want to hear said is this....' whoever you are and no matter what political party you belong to or who your friends are....step out of line and I'm taking you down!!'

  • Kenko - 2010-11-26 08:27

    Bullsh^t, smoke and mirrors. No one has any intention of stamping out corruption. This "unit" is just another bunch of crooks awaiting their turn. Corruption will thrive until the ANC is voted out of power.

  • GV - 2010-11-26 08:30

    Hope they start a website so we can keep a running total of all the corrupt officials, and how much money is involved.

  • PB - 2010-11-26 09:14

    Comments from Mart and GV makes so much sense - the only way the punchdrunk citizens of S.A. will believe anything about this unit, will be if the opposition runs it and the public has full access to findings and especially REPERCUSSIONS. It is no use hearing about someone being found guilty - but how much is ever heard about penalties/jail terms or any other results of being found guilty?

  • Francois - 2010-11-26 10:03

    Baas Baloyi - so you admit to public that your cadres are stealing? Does that not affect state security? Miesies Lindiwe is going to moer you after Grootbaas Zuma is finished with her about informing the poachers of the new drone. Or are you the drone - R2D2?

  • croix - 2010-11-26 11:10

    "The ultimate performance outcome of the unit would be a reduction in corruption incidents, an increase in the number of cases reported and an increase in the amount of embezzled money recovered." -this says nothing about guilty parties being CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED AND JAILED ? I suppose its purpose is simple window dressing and more cadres employed at fat salaries? We are not this easily fooled, Sir Richard!

  • jvprice001 - 2010-11-26 11:21

    Scorpion's sting more painfully than a wasp.

  • Lone Ranger - 2010-11-26 12:23

    Ja well no fine. I'm not holding my breath waiting for corruption to decrease. I can almost guarantee my daughters will never have driver's licences because I REFUSE to pay a bribe for them to get it.

  • BT - 2010-11-26 13:30

    Just another ANC cadre, "flapping his lips". How many "anti corruption" units do they actually want to form in SA. I thought the "Scorpions/Hawk's", were supposed to do that? Yep, seems like another "unit" to create a few more "posts" for cadres to get their own snouts in the trough!

  • campbelldoug86 - 2011-02-16 17:01

    They should start with the Far East Rand Hospital in Springs

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