Radebe: Corruption the enemy

2012-01-26 20:15

Johannesburg - The fight against corruption should be as important as the struggle against apartheid was, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

"Corruption seeks to extinguish the flame that shines on all South Africans, the flame that promises freedom and security for all, the flame of democracy," he said at the launch of the Corruption Watch initiative in Johannesburg.

"Corruption is a criminal act that steals the fruit of our struggle, and we must declare it our enemy as apartheid was. If we acknowledge that corruption is a way of life in South Africa, we have lost the battle."


Radebe said government looked forward to the positive contribution the Corruption Watch initiative would bring to the country.

"With corruption in government, all members must be dealt with irrespective of rank or status," he said.
"Corruption Watch will ensure that people are not passive, but are important role players in democracy."

Corruption Watch was an initiative by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to hold public and private sector officials accountable. The initiative had a website allowing victims of corruption to lodge complaints. The initiative would then gather all the information, analyse it and make it available to the public.

Radebe said the media had to be applauded for consistently exposing government corruption.
"We often do not appreciate the role of media as a watchdog. We want media to continue in its effort to expose corrupt individuals," he said.

Free media

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said a free media was one of the core methods of combating corruption in the country.

"There is not a single day without newspapers exposing corruption of a government worker. All stories have this one thing in common, corruption is daylight theft from the poor. Unless we can mobilise and empower people... we will not succeed in our quest to defeat this fast advancing enemy."

Vavi said corruption also extended to trade union members.

"Some union leaders have been paid to turn a blind eye to worker abuse. This type of corruption results in a situation whereby we have agents of the capitalist class within the workers' movement.

"That is why Cosatu insists that people have to choose whether they want to pursue their business interests or serve the public. They cannot do both at the same time."

Vavi said corruption had made politics a competition of who had the "biggest treasure chest".

"This will destroy the democracy built by the struggle," he said.

"Worst of all is the growing evidence that corruption is becoming literally a matter of life and death, as people are being intimidated or even killed for exposing and preventing corruption."

Good timing

He said divisions and factions within unions, businesses and political parties provided a perfect cover for corrupt individuals.

"The perfect cover that such factions and divisions provide is that even those caught with their hands in the cookie jar refuse to resign from their post as they enjoy immunity and guaranteed indemnity provided by their factions," he said.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, also present at the event, said the initiative "couldn't have come at a better time".

"Corruption poses a threat to balance in the Constitution... [the initiative] will ensure that those who rob the poor will be held accountable. All sectors of society need to support the initiative. It is with the active participation of everyone that the idea of a [uncorrupted] state will be realised."

  • Comrade - 2012-01-26 20:29

    Then...the ANC is their own worst enemy.

      Boer - 2012-01-26 21:11

      This is all talk and no can do. Greed is the problem with the ANC. Not everyone in South-Africa are corrupt.

      Jou - 2012-01-26 21:15

      Mentioning Apartheid and corruption in the same sentence is so corny. Appealing to people's conscious in a vain bid to get sympathy is seriously flogging a long dead horse. Just concentrate on the here and now comrade.

      Robert - 2012-01-26 21:26

      Now that all you made your money out of the same thing you detest. Corruption. Stop it all before someone else gets richer and has more influence.

      John - 2012-01-26 21:27

      Exactly; It starts with the CORRUPTION OF THE MIND; Kasrils, a white communist from USSR, comes and tells the Black People of South Africa that Barbarism and Savagery = stealing and killing, is OK against the Whites. Just that you do not call it stealing and killing, you call it the LIBERATION STRUGGLE. And the whole FALSE STORY is called the national democratic revolution, ndr. Than comes the CORRUPTION OF THE MORALS. Since 1982 Gorbachov who became PRESIDENT OF USSR, denounced communism and the ndr as a FAILURE. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe him. By 1987 the Chinese Communist Party was reforming AWAY from communism and the ndr, stating that China was 50 years behind Hong Kong. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe Hu Jintao. The India Government ABANDONS socialism/communism towards FREE MARKET REFORMS. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe them. They sent 3 guys to Moscow in + - 1993 to find out what is happening. The now Russians ex-communist officials laugh at their naive belief in the false communist propaganda. the SA Communist Party and its puppet the ANC, still hold on to false communist lies. Than comes the FINANCIAL CORRUPTION. Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa since 1957.

      Robert - 2012-01-26 21:30

      Apartheid - My goody hoodness- Does that word still exist. Seams eveything good or bad has to have the word appartheid linked to it. Fighting it was on thing stopping corruption is another. This time you dont have the world supporting you. This time you have yourself to blame with no support from the world, in fact they walking away.

      Spyker - 2012-01-26 21:31

      Is this not SOOOOOOOO very convenient. They have all enriched themselves (on my $#%^&^^%$ tax contributions) beyond any known measures - now, suddenly they are 'holier-than-thou', (supposedly) fighting corruption...

      Robert - 2012-01-26 21:35

      Start with life style audits with SITA. This orginisation has for many year deprived our nation from real technology implimentations of the latest tch that would have uplifted the SAPS and other institutions to deliver a better live. PLEASE ALL THE GUYS THERE ARE CORRUPT - FROM THE TENDER APPROVAL BOARD TO THE MIDLLE MANAGEMENT TO EVERYthig.

      Ian - 2012-01-26 21:59

      In order to have corruption, you need corrupt people. Corruption is not something that just happens, so go straight to the root of the problem ; the ANC led 'government'. All that is now going to happen is that millions of taxpayer Rands are going to be paid to corrupt people to investigate the causes of corruption....?????

      Robert - 2012-01-27 00:38

      noticing the thumbs down on anything got to do with anti-corruption is only an ANC supporter that does not want to risk loosing anything.

      George - 2012-01-27 07:42

      And what are YOU doing about it

      Warmonger - 2012-01-27 08:08

      All 'Whites' are racist; ergo All 'Blacks' are corrupt...

      Wes - 2012-01-28 17:00

      If we acknowledge that corruption is a way of life in South Africa, we have lost the battle." said Radebe. That's why they will never acknowledge it as they have lost the battle long ago remember election time is getting near.

  • ubhejane - 2012-01-26 20:30

    At last!

      ubhejane - 2012-01-26 21:20

      News24 can you please keep this report up until the morning so everybody can read it and also try and get us the web address. Let us all get cracking. This is what we were waiting for. Far better doing something and being part of the solution than sitting here moaning to each other about the thugs. This could be fun!!!!!!

  • Jean-Marc - 2012-01-26 20:33

    Well done Jeff *slow clap*

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-26 20:37

    If you truly believe that, Jeff, leave the ANC.

  • Jymiro - 2012-01-26 20:44

    One time he was called Mr 10%, surprising that he is the one who said curruption is a flame to our democracy. He must deal with his ex colleagues in the cabinet first, Sicelo and Gwen

  • bernpm - 2012-01-26 20:44

    Evidence of how corruption impacts on the economic growth Interesting report (140 pages) on the negative impact of corruption on economic growth. Patronage of certain population groups (our BEE or AA)is regarded as a form of corruption and impacts negatively on economic growth.

      Jymiro - 2012-01-26 20:53

      Can you send me this site @ please I can't copy from here.

  • alfie.jacobs - 2012-01-26 20:53

    Effective controls limits corruption!!

  • Grunt - 2012-01-26 20:56

    Wow, can the truth be out at last and realised?

  • Moloto Mabonchi - 2012-01-26 21:03

    Better said than done.

  • Thandi - 2012-01-26 21:04

    Corruption has become the very essence of how the ANCorruption and all public service officials function. A few examples includes the likes of: - the cashiers at licensing offices who persistently claim they have 'no change, and pocket the excess you pay to round it off upwards. - the thugs in the Metro police who abuse their authority. - the town mayors who collect 'fees' for approving business applications. - housing officials who 'sell' RDP houses. And not to forget the organised crime hoodlums like fatboy who are stealing on a massive scale. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      ubhejane - 2012-01-26 21:17

      I'm going to start with a mayor selling RDP houses at R1500 to foreigners. If we all climb in and get this program going, we might get somewhere.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-26 21:09

    How are you going to solve this? and what Freedom do we have here in S.A.? I am not free to walk the streets or even go shopping in Peace, the criminals are everywhere in the Human Form! And what about the corruption in the justice department?

  • Johnson - 2012-01-26 21:13

    Only way to curb corruption is to take procurement away from politicians or political deployment in government and municipalities. Must be an independent regional tender board with technocrats, and tender outcomes must be made public. We are also paying too much for public services with current legislation

      ubhejane - 2012-01-26 21:24

      Also all political parties must serve on the tender boards. It is after all everybody's tax money being spent.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-26 21:18

    ANC IS CORRUPTION so, when a criminal investigates itself, what do you think will happen...this is just another Minister speaking out of his ass to get Media time.

  • Bob - 2012-01-26 21:18

    Well then Mr Jeffrey Radebe seeing as you are the Deputy Chairperson of the African National Congress, and you are also the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, instead of talking about it, how about doing something constructive about it. Talk is cheap Sir, Action speaks louder than words!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-26 21:26

    The war against apartheid was too long and procrastinated so if we compare the struggle against corruption and the struggle against apartheid we are doomed to fail. This struggle must be short and direct but how do you find your ally/yourself?

  • E - 2012-01-26 21:29

    If what you say you believe on this matter of corruption is true Mr Radebe, just 2 questions: 1 Why are you part of this corrupt regime? 2 Why are you supporting the act/law that wants to silence the reporting of and on this corruption? ( info bill) Rather simple questions not so?. and... your support of the Simelanes of this world just doesn't add up to your public utterances on these matters. We are SO tired of the continuos talk and talk and nothing ever happens from the ANC Government's side. Please start right at he top. Most of your friends around the table will be a good place to start if you are to be taken seriously! You are after all the Minister of justice!!!

      Bob - 2012-01-26 21:50

      Well said E...!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-01-26 21:29

    Stop with the talking... we don't care about talking anymore.. Corrupt officials must be charged and thrown in jail for the FULL term of their sentences...

  • Robert - 2012-01-26 21:29

    Apartheid - My goody hoodness- Does that word still exist. Seams eveything good or bad has to have the word appartheid linked to it. Fighting it was on thing stopping corruption is another. This time you dont have the world supporting you. This time you have yourself to blame with no support from the world, in fact they walking away.

  • Robert - 2012-01-26 21:30

    Apartheid - My goody hoodness- Does that word still exist. Seams eveything good or bad has to have the word appartheid linked to it. Fighting it was on thing stopping corruption is another. This time you dont have the world supporting you. This time you have yourself to blame with no support from the world, in fact they walking away.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-01-27 09:28

      Apartheid word only exists in the ANC vocabulary Robert. We have all forgotten about that word and are moving on but it seems with ANC members That word apartheid has a to do with everything that goes wrong in this country: How ANC use the word APARTHEID: 1. Power cuts - due to apartheid 2. Poor education - Apartheid 3. Corruption - Apartheid 4. Bad service delivery - Apartheid 5. Limpopo bankrupt - Apartheid 6. Transport infastructure a mess - Apartheid 7. Potholes in roads around SA - Apartheid And so the list goes on.

  • ndabaq - 2012-01-26 21:30

    Free media!!! Viva Vavi Viva!!!

  • KCorsar - 2012-01-26 21:32

    The next few months will be interesting once this site is active. 1) to see what is being reported 2) to see what worms are revealed under the woodwork classes 3) how many others are also undercovered, some big names are going to fall hard, very hard and I'm not limiting this to political figures. 4) to see the measures that unfold on the disclosures, or will the Information Bill close the door first............... watch this space, impact and effect will determine the success of this.

      Bob - 2012-01-26 22:04

      You know as well as anyone else, the Information Bill is being pushed ahead for the sole purpose of covering it all up! These people are manipulative thugs, who have no conscience. Zuma timed the investigation into the arms deal perfectly, he knows the results would only become available after the Info Bill has been passed into law and then of course we will never know the truth because the info bill law will stop it being made public.

  • mullervince - 2012-01-26 21:33

    Why waking up only now. Did all the comrades enriched themselves? Now start to look at capable and honest people to do the job. And what happens to all the corrupt officials. Or maybe we should start looking at the top structures first

  • mike.clery - 2012-01-26 21:48

    I'll believe that the ANC wants to stop corruption when they stop cadre deployment. THAT is the root cause of the problem. Until political representatives know that they're there to serve the people instead of their position just being a stepping stone to some well-paid government or parastatal position or tender, corruption will flourish.

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-27 07:04

    Dogs Barking? Even in the soapies on SA TV these days, the message is insidiously implied by statements of "Lincoln, it is not easy to rectify 350 years" (I think Isidingo - implying that the attitude of entitlement and easy criminally gained cash through nepotism, greed of over-inflated commissions in tenderpreneur contracts (good for NEC leaders but none others) IS ALL FINE. Radebe is famous for being one of those who sprouts loudlyeven in a department or area he has zero knowledge - what others must do but not he himself, like the rest of his team in governance as "SERVANTS OF THE NATION, now elevated to Kings and Queens demanding of respect and fealty rather than loyalty in the den of thieves. Limpoopooh being just ONE of the proofs that they have instituted ROT rather than governance through transformation via total abandonment of ethics and morals. As usual, no ANC criminal will be subjected to full scrutiny, reprimand nor penalty no matter that they have committed crime far worse then violent brutal murder against their very own fellow people. Seeing the AG and Madonsela and the Accounting staff with sensible commitment STATE CLEARLY that it is at the point of politicians interfering that all goes awry, maybe it is time for REAL DEMOCRACY to start working and the ANC REGIME to be removed from its seat for 10 or 15 years to allow chance for others more committed to repair the damage before it becomes a dust-basket like the zanu-pf guidebook dictates all Africa must be.

  • Arthur - 2012-01-27 07:36

    One gets the sense that there may finally be a genuine effort to elliminate corruption. We must believe that there is a sufficiently large core of individuals among ministers who know 'if you sleep with dogs, you get fleas' and they don't want to get fleas. Their integrity will hopefully help weed out the trash among them and other levels of government.

      pws69 - 2012-01-27 07:56

      Sorry Arthur, but the facts available to us means we CANNOT "believe that there is a sufficiently large core of individuals among ministers who know 'if you sleep with dogs, you get fleas' and they don't want to get fleas." Their is NO integrity in the ANC, or COSATU for that matter. The only way to clean up government is to completely cut out the cANCer.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-27 07:46

    But Jeff, you supported the illegal installation of Slimelane. You supported your 9 ANC Premiers who refused to prosecute over 45,000 ANC deployed cadres caught stealing OUR money. You supported the promotion of a CONVICTED criminal in parliament - Booi Jeff, you speak with forked tongue. VERY ANC of you.

  • Wayne - 2012-01-27 07:46

    Anyone hear the rattling of an empty vessel here?

  • Wayne - 2012-01-27 07:47

    Corruption in Limpopo made headline news on Sky TV this morning. Ouch!

  • pws69 - 2012-01-27 07:51

    If Radebe and the ANC are so against corruption, why do they immediately drop the investigation and refuse to lay charges the moment a corrupt official resigns (only to be "redeployed" a few months later, perpetuating the cycle)? Jeff, your ANC regime as REFUSED to prosecute over 60,000 corrupt ANC deployed cadres, so how can we begine to even believe what you say is your true feelings.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-27 07:53

    Radebe, you support MAT and the INFO bill, which will severely limit exposure of corruption. You cannot have it both ways, Radebe, so which is it? Fighting corruption, or silencing the corruption busters?

  • Michael Woody Wood - 2012-01-27 08:18

    If its so like the apartheid struggle,where are the left wing liberals standing up against it.oh wait i know..,back in europe and the great u.s of a.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-01-27 09:31

    Lip service.....that's all it is.

  • stevie0064 - 2012-01-27 10:07

    We'll see if anything worthwhile comes of this, but until then my money is on LIP.SER.VICE.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-27 11:15

    Start with Zuma and work your way down. By the end the ANC will cease to exist.

  • Ian - 2012-01-27 11:19

    their goes the government

  • craig.thom1 - 2012-01-27 11:45

    Corruption is not uniquely South African,it is a human trait which stems from greed ,it is more apparant in South africa and seems to have become accepted in society,how many people reading this have for example paid off a traffic cop(feeding the snake) ? the goverment insitutions are not managed properly which leads people working in these structures to be tempted,not only goverment private business is just as culpable,i think that it starts with a individual choice,its your decision and your integrity that will lead you,and this could rub off on people around you,just a ripple ? make the right choice don't follow the herd

  • pheello.mokoena.77 - 2012-08-08 16:54

    Let's us check the movement of the same(jeff Radebe)he is suspecias in transport corruption

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