Corruption fight incoherent - Pikoli

2011-04-22 07:32

Pretoria - South Africa lacks a coherent and comprehensive approach to fighting corruption, former National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli said on Thursday.

Speaking at a seminar at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, he said that according to the latest figures he was aware of, less than 15% of allegations of corruption were being investigated.

Pikoli, who is now involved with the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac), said the recent majority judgment of the Constitutional Court proved that there was no dispute over the need for an independent agency to fight crime.

The question was rather one about the level of independence such an agency would have.

On March 17, the Constitutional Court ruled that current legislation left the Hawks unit vulnerable to political interference.

Pikoli said that the record of the Scorpions - which was disbanded in January 2009 - spoke for itself.

"We need to have a dedicated independent agency."

He said there were at least eight government institutions to investigate corruption as a part of their mandates.

The "overlapping mandates" proved that there was no clear strategy to fight corruption.

"They do not have as a primary mandate the investigation of corruption. This reflects the absence of a coherent and comprehensive approach to the fight against corruption."

Pikoli said it was "no surprise" that South Africa was "falling down the ladder" on indices monitoring corruption.

He recommended there be a statutory body to monitor what became of investigations into corruption by such a corruption fighting agency.

Without such monitoring investigations could lapse.

"We know what happened to the arms deal investigation. It fizzled out."

Change in tactics

He advocated that parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) have "more teeth".

He lamented the fact that there was no institution that dealt with education in the fight against corruption.

"Despite these (eight) institutions that we have, none of them actually has got a mandate to deal with the issues of education on corruption."

The problem with any corruption investigation was that it would "attain a high level of political attention" and possible political interference.

The fight against corruption needed to go beyond making political statements.

Referring to the recent protests in Ficksburg where protester Andries Tatane was beaten and shot last week, Pikoli said: "Andries Tatane's right to dignity was clearly violated."

Casac had lodged a formal complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

"He paid the ulitimate price for his rights. We failed Andries."

It was "quite astonishing that given this time in our history that we are still witnessing police brutality as in the apartheid time".

Pikoli said police would have to change their tactics in dealing with crowd control.

Eight policemen have been charged in connection with Tatane's death.

- SAPA

Read more on:    vusi pikoli
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
38 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

ANC set for two-thirds majority - poll

The ANC is on course to win nearly a two-thirds majority in 7 May elections, a poll has showed, confounding analysts who had predicted a fall in support for the ruling party.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia Lumia 800

The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, ...

From R2395.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be good at organising events but they do take their toll on your energy levels. You may need some time out today just to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.