Calls for corruption watchdog hailed

2011-03-16 21:13

Johannesburg - Minister in the presidency Collins Chabane on Wednesday welcomed calls for the establishment of an independent body to probe corruption.

"Government has prioritised the fight against corruption as one of the five priorities," Chabane said in a statement.

"Government further remains committed to fight corruption and continues to have confidence in institutions of state, charged with the responsibility to fight corruption.”

Chabane is chairperson of the anti-corruption inter-ministerial committee.

He was reacting to a proposal by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) for the establishment of an independent agency to investigate graft.

Chabane welcomed "any initiative by any sector of our society which will help rid the country of the scourge of corruption". It however had to remain within the framework of the country's laws.

The government called on all South Africans with information that would aid the fight against corruption to report it to the relevant institutions.

Casac chairperson Sipho Pityana on Wednesday said South Africa was on the "verge" of joining the ranks of dysfunctional states, as the effects of corruption debilitated all spheres of life.

"In the changing circumstances of our times, a conservative assault on the Constitution from some of the most powerful in our society threatens to fatally undermine our capacity to overcome poverty and inequality."

Casac, he said, proposed "a dedicated, independent agency" responsible and accountable for the investigation of corrupt activities, alongside "pro-active preventive measures" such as education of the public.

Pityana said the agency would need significant political support to ensure it was well funded.

"If there is truly no political will to address corruption, no mechanism, existing or proposed, can succeed," he said.

  • Sarcastic - 2011-03-16 21:24

    Bring back the scorpions

      Sword&Cross - 2011-03-18 02:15

      Seemingly the Scorpions were doing an exemplary job yes! In this instance, Sipho Pityana has full credibility and Chabane has nil. Collins probably does not even comprehend what an educated person is saying, but simply putting for PC wording to try and wring it's neck before developing something which can effectively haul zuma before the courts and into jail along with the bulk of the rest of the ANC thousands that have stripped this countries dignity and productivity and wealth for so long.

  • Chaos - 2011-03-16 21:36

    Who will watch the watchdog?

  • GT - 2011-03-16 21:52

    what a waste of f-king energy this is. Is this new watchdog allowed to look inwards and upwards?

  • jjaver39 - 2011-03-16 21:53

    Agree with Pityana on the need for: 1. An independent agency" responsible and accountable for investigating corrupt activities on all levels, and 2. pro-active measures such as educating and empowering citizen organisation to participate as taxpayers and consumers in policing governmental responsibilities productive and more effective than our present political and economic systems. jjaver39

  • exocist - 2011-03-16 22:24

    another toothless bulldog waste of time and money MORE election razzle dazzle TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

  • Marnus - 2011-03-16 22:24

    By the way didn't we have one and then you disbanded it (scorpions)! But by all means establish a "independant" watchdog with deployed cadres I'm sure.

  • Slikka Intertainment Intertainment - 2011-03-16 22:26

    Just another waist of our money...

  • kjac - 2011-03-16 22:27

    so will the new watchdog start it's probes within the cabinet first? starting with JZ and his family and colleagues?

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-16 22:28

    Hau, a watchdog to probe corruption.Then you will need a bigger Watchdog to watch the watchdog for corruption, because the corrupt watchdog will corrupt the other dogs watching out for the watchdogs in the first place. So in the end there will be plenty watching out for how to be corrupt, just like the present watching Government. So watch the point?

  • phillie - 2011-03-16 22:43

    The ANC has not got any more vacancies in government for their fat cat brother cadres so this is a golden opportunity to hi jack Pityana's idea and fill another useless planning agency with corrupt family and friends

  • croix - 2011-03-16 23:34

    "Pityana said the agency would need significant political support to ensure it was well funded". Bwaaahahahaha!! So, whichever 'political grouping' supplies the most funding, will have the most say in who will and who will NOT be investigated and held accountable? Sipho - methinks you are fishing for a lucrative little job here, old buddy? Mmmmm?....

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-17 04:09

    1) Scrap Political Parties. 2) No Govt. official may have any other business interests. Only his job. 3) Govt. officials must report "downwards", not "upwards". 4) National budget must be built from "bottom" upwards. Based on specific and quantified action plans. 5) People "below" must appoint and fire the one "above" in the chain. (Democracy).

  • lawmen - 2011-03-17 09:08

    Collins says Government has "prioritised" the fight against corruption. The trouble is that no-one will take the ANC government seriously on that whilst it continues to support and protect Jacob Zuma - who was clearly guilty of corruption. Its actions show that what it actually prioritises is opportunistic cronyism and political expediency, at the expense of integrity and justice.

  • Chris - 2011-03-17 09:50

    "Government further remains committed to fight corruption and continues to have confidence in institutions of state, charged with the responsibility to fight corruption.” - FIRE 85% of the ANC...look at your criminal records to start with....and when are you going to start standing up against rapist???????? just read the news today - are you ALL BLIND!

  • VuyosWors - 2011-03-17 09:52

    I wouldnt be suprised if they appoint Shaik to had this up...

  • shikyo777 - 2011-03-17 10:42

    Just another sleight of hand to suck money from the middle class - soon will we see the added line to our payslips; "Anti-corruption Tax".. Geez with NHI tax and all these other new sh*t we might be getting 2 page payslips soon..

  • Jaco Smit - 2011-03-17 17:04

    Just Vote in the next election please, thats the only power we really have against the ANC

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-18 02:19

    DYSFUNCTIONAL? We are already full tilt into the communist style of colleague spy on colleague, brother upon brother, wife upon hubby and so on etc etc until it finally all just collapses in a whirling racist sandpit of boiling hatred, deceipt, lies and fallacies.

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-20 12:31

    They had the scorpions but they were too clever . Changed them for some ANC party joke , and now mooting the need for another watchdog !!!! Interesting !! They need one to watch the other . And when this watchdog uncovers widespread fraud , some Minister of affirmative action is going to announce that the findings are not conductive to Democracy like CASAC ! Where do they find these imbiciles , and for how long are the millions of ANC voters in SA going to continue to prove to the world that they have less brains than ........ I'll finish of this story when I find something with less brains .

  • onetickie - 2011-04-22 10:48

    Like buying a watchdog to protect your home and family and it turns out to be vicious and turns on the family causing serious bodily harm.

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