DA urges ANC support in corruption fight

2011-03-23 18:30

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has urged the ANC to show it is serious about fighting corruption by supporting a DA private member's bill in parliament.

DA Chief Whip Ian Davidson on Wednesday briefed parliament's private members' legislative proposals and special petitions committee on the DA's bill to regulate the business interests of state employees.

Davidson said the proposed bill was designed to address the continued scourge of corruption in the public service, which had reached alarming levels in recent years.

Among other things, the measure would prohibit government employees and their families from directly or indirectly holding more than 5% of shares, stock, membership or other interests in an entity that did business with government, unless approval was given by the relevant minister in accordance with certain criteria set out in the bill.

It would further ensure, according to the DA, that before government entered into any contract with an entity for the sale, lease or supply of goods and services, the entity should provide an affidavit disclosing whether or not it was owned or part-owned by government employees.

All government employees would be required to disclose their business interests at prescribed intervals, in the same way that members of the cabinet already did.

Davidson said corruption continued to undermine the effectiveness of the public sector, and remained a serious impediment to service delivery.

Ball is in their court

According to the 2010 Public Service Report, more than 1 204 financial misconduct cases were reported to the Public Service Commission (PSC) during 2008/2009, while 1 430 complaints of corruption were reported through the PSC's National Anti-Corruption Hotline.

"At the heart of the problem is the continued absence of restrictions on state employees doing business with the state.

"State employees, who have financial interests in companies and then tender for goods and services, have a clear conflict of interest," he said.

This invited corruption and abuse of state resources, which in turn undermined the fight against poverty.

"If the ANC is serious about joining the DA in its fight against corruption it must take immediate steps to address the alarming levels of corruption which continue to beset our public service.

"This is the opportunity to do so. If they however, opt to use their majority to prevent this bill from proceeding any further than the committee (what they do to each and every other private member's bill) then the message to South Africans will be clear: the ANC has no real intention to fight corruption in the public service.

"The ball is in their court now and South Africans are watching," Davidson said.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-23 18:42

    You're farting against thunder DA. African Nationalist Crooks will never accept a bill like that. The only reason they want power is to get rich quick!

      Felix - 2011-03-24 08:27

      Why do you think we took this job in the first place?

  • Badger - 2011-03-23 18:43

    Eish what you talk now? There is no corruption in our country. It was made up by DA and cope. Come on now you seriously don't want the whole ANC goverment to get fired. What will we then do with all the money that we save by cutting out corruption?

      G.du Plessis - 2011-03-23 19:09

      Build houses, invest in jobs, pay the police a wage that attracts the best, pay for more cctv etc etc.

      Felix - 2011-03-24 08:28

      I see you left out education G, very smart.... We wouldn't want educated voters now would we.

  • logical007 - 2011-03-23 19:55

    @ Ntsikelelo Gomomobut Yr comment "corrupt individuals get JOBs via ANC and they end up in Jail most of them" Name one CORRUPT ANC individual in top level that STAYED in prison for his sentence??? or went to jail where he/she should be?? selebe Cele SHAIK and famil' Winni Mandela and the rest of the friggin' cabinet??? even Jacob ZUMA missed his sentence

  • POLLENYS - 2011-03-23 20:17

    @ Gomono Go check and you'll see the DA cabinet is all but 90% white. And most of the non-whites are also doing an excellent job - hence Cape Town and the WC are by far the ONLY well-run municipalities and provinces. I amazes me that someone with access to the internet can be so full of hate and so empty of vision.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-23 20:41

      Mr Nkosi, anyone can be accused of rape. Even our president has allegations hanging over his head. Does not change the fact that the Western Cape is still better run than any of the other provinces.

      G.du Plessis - 2011-03-23 20:42

      Yeah others high in government have committed similar crimes!

      gizzy - 2011-03-23 20:44

      ONE of them. ONE being the opperative word!!!! We won't go into how many ANC (including your president) have been accused of rape. At least the DA guy faces his day in court. What about your ANC giggalo's?

  • saliem - 2011-03-23 20:53

    The proposed bill is a HOTTTTTTTT potato... if they don;t accept the bill they show thinking South Africans if their utterances about corruption are hot air or if they are really serious about this. Should we hold our breath?

  • brok3news - 2011-03-23 21:12

    Froma neutral point of view this bill a like a moot bill, sort of like Davidson making yet another moot point to the media ahead of election time. How long did this bill take to draw up?

      gizzy - 2011-03-23 21:21

      Actually, they are only asking the ANC to copy their lead in the WC. Yes, that bill is law here in the WC! Unfortunately they can't control government emplyees in this province. All provincial employees have to abide by that law. Now that's what I call leading by example! And by the way do you actually know what the word "neutral" means?

      omgwtfnews - 2011-03-23 21:36

      follow their lead? Because there are NO corrupt officials in a DA gov. Do you know what denial means? When the DA controls more than 14% of the country's GDP we can say they are leading by example.

      gizzy - 2011-03-23 21:46

      One step at a time twally. The WC is the first. Fortunately any DA member accused of crime or corruption gets dismissed and handed over to the police. Unlike your heros that get promoted, redeployed or given a post as an ambassador. Hell they even become president!

      omgwtfnews - 2011-03-23 22:04

      Gizzy, you should try get the DA to put a halo in their logo. And idiot signs should be put on people who get fooled by any politician ahead of election time and also on people who assume one supports party y when not kissing party x's ass.

  • - 2011-03-24 10:17

    Accepting this bill would mean half of the senior government and MP's would have to go, so it will not happen.

  • Steen - 2011-03-24 11:22

    This sound like a real plan, but the Problem is DA wants to win Votes via running the goverment for ANC, i mean if the ANC accept this proposal indirectly DA will be ruling the Country. next time DA must draw up such proposals and sell them to the ANC, and they must never mentioned this to the

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