SA has ‘checks and balances’

2011-12-09 09:57

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 Joburg today.

“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 today were Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachee and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

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