R100 000 anti-corruption challenge for youth

2012-04-04 16:00

Cape Town - Lobbyist Hugh Glenister said on Wednesday he plans to award R100 000 to a southern African who can offer the best remedy for developing an anti-corruption framework for specialist police unit, the Hawks.

His competition invites anyone under the age of 30, or a university, to submit their "best practice" implementation of a Constitutional Court ruling, which forced Parliament to remedy the Hawks' lack of independence by September.

Last March, in a case largely initiated by Glenister, the Constitutional Court ruled that chapter 6A of the SA Police Service Act be sent back to Parliament for amendment because it made the Hawks vulnerable to political interference.

The court suspended its order of constitutional invalidity for that period to allow for the amendment to the law. Public hearings are scheduled for April 23 and 24.

‘Youth most affected by corruption’

Glenister said the only way to fight corruption was to allow all levels of society to have their say.

"Corruption is a disease that affects every single one of us, no matter your age, profession, location or economic dispensation," he said.

"Most of all, it affects young adults, because they are the ones that will be left to fix the mess that we have allowed to happen."

Competing teams and individuals have until July 31 to submit their proposed draft legislation and explanatory memorandums in English, using less than 5 000 words.

Submissions would be evaluated by a panel of retired South African judges.

If a university faculty won, it would receive R50 000 and give the remainder to its students deemed most deserving.

If an independent person was chosen, they would get R10 000 and the remainder would go to the best university submission.

The decision would be announced on September 30.

  • Morne - 2012-04-04 16:03

    Wow! Now that is good gesture!?

  • Brett - 2012-04-04 16:07

    Its simple really. Stop voting for the ANC. If they are not in power they do not have access to the state coffer. Stop trying to treat the symptoms of the disease. Rather eliminate the cause.

  • kooveng - 2012-04-04 16:15

    Root out the rot in government = Get rid of the cANCer!!! I would like my R10k in 10's please...

  • Kala - 2012-04-04 16:15

    No leniency for fraudsters or corrupt officials (eg Schaik and Selebi) Its that easy. But being over 30 I guess I don't get the R100K

  • Tanie - 2012-04-04 16:23

    I might be just outside the competition requirements, I am 30 years and six months But I know what the hawks should do. They should imprison Hugh period, and corruption will end.

      Mark - 2012-04-04 22:13

      Yes and summon Robert Mugabe to take over from your useless president

  • Marion - 2012-04-04 16:28

    The figures in this article confuse the hell out of me. Time to logout for today.

      bashin.monyela - 2012-04-04 16:45

      You and me both now head hurts.

  • Sandile - 2012-04-04 21:26

    I notice that everybody is blaming the government and its employees for the corruption in this country. I am in fact sick and tired of it. The truth is that average south africans are the main offenders, we are same people that pay the bribes. We are the same people that have caused an expectation and precedence that we will pay bribes to government officials to get faster and more efficient service or. A reduced fee on a fine. We need to break that cycle by refusing to pay bribes and reporting government officials that want bribes

  • Felix - 2012-04-05 11:35

    So I need to be at a university to get 50K while if I do it on my own I only get 10K. There's some corruption right there!

  • Igshaan Cornelius - 2013-06-14 22:54

    There is a good start

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