Panday to lend a hand

2019-03-11 16:02
Visham Panday.

Visham Panday. (File)

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Convicted fraudster and businessman Visham Panday has vowed to combat corruption, incompetence and abuse of state resources through his recently-formed non-profit organisation.

Panday — who grew up in Northdale — said in his recent litigations he encountered a litany of corruption and was only able to pull through because of the assistance of his legal team but many victims of graft did not know who to turn to.

He said this inspired him to do something to assist the government and law enforcement agencies to deal with different forms of unethical conduct.

“... The battle against corruption and incompetence with our public sector is an ardent one and I vowed to create a platform to be a voice for those who lack the resources and expertise to stand for their constitutional rights,” he told Weekend Witness.

The Visham Panday Anti-Corruption NGO’s offices will be at the Palm Boulevard, in Umhlanga, but its founder said they would be working with people from all walks of life.

He said the aim of the organisation was to assist those who had exhausted all avenues of relief in their battle against corruption and fight against exploitation.

“I am mindful that many may abuse our facilities with malicious intent to defame others, so we will thoroughly [assess] each application before accepting the case.”

Panday said they would not just be focusing on the graft committed by state representatives but also in the private sector. However, the organisation would not be taking legal action or investigating those accused of misconduct.

“We are not a law unto ourselves but instead are voices for those who are victimised by corruption and will act on their behalf or guide them towards the correct reliefs.”

He said they would also be looking into collaborating with like-minded organisations in the future so they could reach more people.

“There are many silent heroes within our communities with courageous and selfless hearts and they will have our full support and hopefully lend their expertise towards our fight against corruption.”

While most NPOs have crumbled due to financial constraints, Panday said his would be self-funded.

Commenting on his previous record after being convicted for a crime, Panday said people had no reason to doubt him because his commitment to fighting corruption, bribery, exploitation and intimidation was genuine.

“It is human nature to make mistakes, however, if we can learn from our experiences instead of being defined by them then we have evolved.

“Reform and selflessness should be every South Africans’ goal.

“Innocent victims deserve a helping hand in fighting corruption and it is public knowledge that I am a supporter of fairness and justice.”

He said many who engaged with him or have read his 2016 biography often commended and encouraged him to help others. “I am deeply passionate about being a part of the solution instead of harping on a problem.”

Panday was aware that some people who have publicly taken a stand against corruption had been subjected to threats and violence. He said he had also been a victim of such treatment in the past but he would continue “my endeavours with fortitude because too many people turn a blind eye to corruption until they themselves are victims”.

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