ANC: We're fighting corruption

2009-08-05 20:11

Johannesburg - The ANC has "decisively dealt" with fighting corruption as it heads towards President Jacob Zuma's first 100 days in office, party spokesperson Jessie Duarte said on Wednesday.

"Eradicating corruption is one of the many areas we can highlight to show how we have performed," said Duarte.

"It also reflects on what the ANC expects of its cadres in its structures and those deployed in government and business."

Duarte said practical steps had been taken by cabinet ministers, departments - such as correctional services, home affairs, public works, water affairs and agriculture - as well as premiers to ensure "clean governance".

Tender manipulation

Issues such as irregular procedures in tender procurements in Mpumulanga and a Gauteng MECs irregular procurement of a vehicle had been exposed.

"The ANC unapologetically encourages the exposure of tender manipulation by civil servants," said Duarte.

She said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's announcement that the National Treasury would set up a unit to monitor and investigate corruption in public procurement processes was a "step forward" in ending the granting of tenders for the "benefit of family and friends".

Declaring gifts

Duarte said all ANC members in government at provincial and national level as well as councillors had to comply with regulations pertaining to the declaring of gifts and interests in public and private companies.

"The privileges extended to all MPs and MPLs, as well as members of the executive are intended to ensure that they are able to do their work efficiently and effectively," she said.

Duarte said bodies like the National Prosecuting Authority, the Auditor-General, the Public Protector, the SA Revenue Service, the Hawks and the Financial Intelligence Centre provided a "strong anti-corruption capacity".

"We have a particular responsibility to protect the poor and the weak from the corrupt practices of those in powerful positions."