Don't give up corruption fight - Motlanthe

2012-08-15 22:41

Cape Town - It is never too late to fight corruption, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday.

"It can never be too late, nor inopportune to do the right thing. So we have to tackle corruption on a continuous basis," he told the National Assembly during question time.

"The day we say it is too late, [that] it is too big a problem and we throw in the towel, we would have lost the battle.

"It doesn't matter how many good citizens remain, but they have to remain in the forward trenches against corruption."

Motlanthe thanked members of the opposition for pointing out specific cases of corruption.

To deal with corruption, South Africa had the laws and institutions in place and targets had been set.

Government's attention was on ensuring the effectiveness of these measures, and to build public confidence.

"For example, our endeavour to root out corruption has necessitated that we pay greater attention to eliminating weaknesses in our procurement system, which is often the source of most of the corruption we encounter.

"In this regard National Treasury is busy with the refinement and optimisation of our procurement system," he said.

Additionally, Treasury had recently published for public comment Municipal Financial Misconduct Regulations to introduce measures intended to combat corruption in the public and private sectors through advocacy, strengthening the legal and policy prescripts and frameworks, and most importantly, the implementation thereof.

"Furthermore, it is well known that apart from the special investigating unit, government has established other agencies whose mandates, among other things, include combating serious commercial crimes and corruption."

These included the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Multi-Agency Working Group, and the Public Service Anti-Corruption Unit.

Several departments had established anti-corruption hotlines, to which suspected incidents of corruption had been reported by members of the public.

However, rooting out corruption demanded far more than just institutions and laws.

Corruption happened when people who worked inside and outside government manipulated the system for their own benefit.

This happened despite the robustness of anti-corruption institutions.

"In short... I am arguing that corruption undermines democracy and therefore, all of us, especially ourselves who are entrusted by the public to uphold the Constitution, must work in concert to strengthen institutions and programmes designed to free our society from the scourge of corruption.

"We must raise the bar in terms of accountability and monitoring of how public funds are used.

"We must work together to ensure that each programme of the democratic state yields quality results thus accelerating transformation, service delivery, and the building of a non-racial, non-sexist, prosperous, and democratic South Africa," Motlanthe said.

  • claudia.meads - 2012-08-15 23:26

    SA must be the only place in the known universe where somebody is too intelligent to become the president of the country - case in point: Kgalema Motlanthe:

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-16 00:55

      The current educational requirement is Std 3....

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-16 09:32

      Bla bla bla. It is, as usual, still a load of hogwash and educated talk. That has to be the current ANC's biggest talent. Saying exactly what people want to hear. But when it comes to actually doing what they are saying they can only sit back. It is all to distract people's attention when they're hands are in the cookie jar. All you hear is "The Fight Against Corruption". Yet what do they actually DO to fight corruption. Suspending someone that is caught (with full pay) is NOT fighting corruption. Moving a corrupt official to a different department is NOT fighting corruption. I say if someone is found out, kick him out. Out of his job and out of the ANC, and send him straight to jail. If someone is being "investigated" kick him out as well. Where there is smoke there is fire. If he is found innocent after the years long investigation he can be let back in. There should be an absolute NO MERCY stance in any case of corruption. That way the corrupt will get scared, and the true leaders will rise. Words alone does not fight corruption. It is because people know that they can get away with it that corruption thrives more and more.

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-16 13:07

      send queries to communications dept anc...

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-16 00:30

    Corruption cannot be fought by force. It can be solved through instilling in our nation a sense of pride and moral capacity. When corruption shames the individual the problem is solved. Today the corrupt are our leaders and they are rewarded with honour and fame.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-16 04:12

    Its a culture. Lets be honest here, the ANC themselves speak about the culture of corruption. Unfortunately, we are at loggerheads in SA. On the one hand, we have corrupt cadres, then we have honest people, and then we have different races. The honest people have become known as whistle blowers, and are dealt with by the ANC Info bill, of which McMaharaj gave us a good taste in his fight with Nick Dawes, and the race thing is dealt with by ANCs BBBEE and AA, which funnily enough has penalised both black and white. As for accountability, Zuma was never held to account for his relationship with Miracle Survivor Shaik, and joe public voted ANC knowing he was the main man there, so, with such an irresponsible majority, and no accountability at the helm, well, what hope do we have? So, for the time being its corrupt cadre culture for us.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-16 04:49

    Dude its your party, people you sit with at the table. You are part of the party too so you are then responsible. You think we dont see through your diversionay politics. You missus got caught out recently, blitted on by JZ, but still she got caught. What is needed is the whole leadership replaced.

  • Active - 2012-08-16 06:37

    Funny how the anc want people not to do what they do, but to do as they say.

  • mondli.danca - 2012-08-16 06:39

    How can u say that bullish after ANC got rid of the scorpions?

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-16 06:42

    Oh quiet one Motlanthe, That is exactly the problem chap! Your racist ANC has changed the laws, & via failed education changed the knowledge of the laws to such an extent that they seemingly hardly exist & people do what they want in as many illicit & illegal & certainly immoral & unethical ways FROM WITHIN YOUR VERY OWN CAMP in a badly transformed 'once upon a time functional society'. It has to be fixed starting with YOU yourself as a person and your position as DP. (oil deals & arms deals and a multitude of deals) And that won't happen until you start with the rot above YOU. So get him into the courts, do away with all the nefarious party secrecy and corrupt crony & cadre resistance & attitudes & PROPERLY EDUCATE & CONTROL THE "uncontrollable" YOUTH (2/3rds of SA). i.e.e return SA to a 'society' instead of a paltry threatening 'politicized party'. Do away with race discrimination altogether! this ANC has become MORE racist in defining & demographics than the erstwhile oppressor was! The bricks, stones & sharpened stakes from N Africa, Gabon and all around this country's townships & mines let alone neighbouring ones, are soon coming in your direction if you do not do these things. Admittedly the easiest way to attain this is simply to march across the road & join the opposition which DOES EFFECTIVELY do as it says for the people, which is an admission of failure in the anc. DISPEL FOREVER the unwritten policy of HATE ON WHITES, and you'll see SA leap to the top

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-16 07:37

    Bla-bla-bla-bla, this just political talk. His lover (live in woman) is implicated in a huge corruption scandal and he does not know anything about it. How on earth is he going to know when his compatriots are implicated?

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-08-16 07:42

    I wonder why julius malema dont target jz on all of his corruption charges? Maybe because he is more corrupt than jz!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-16 07:58

    The day we say it is too late, [that] it is too big a problem and we throw in the towel, we would have lost the battle.\r\nThe battle is already lost. Nobody gets the blame, nobody gets arrested and if the do they out on medical parole soon after and nothing is being done about the widespread corruption within the government.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-16 08:35

    Oh PLEASE! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-16 08:44

    If you want to stop fraud and corruption then the answer is SEND these people to jail. No long drawn out appeals and appeals, if the evidence is plain.....jail time and they can appeal from there. This will start the ball rolling and just maybe send a message. Start with all cadres and mec's and check their background etc that is where the problem in coming from mainly. People are unhappy because none of these people ever see the inside of jail. Check schabir shaik and jackie selebi all free, people are not stupid, we can see what is going on. Hence the ANC can buy as many votes as they like, the are going to bankcrupt themselves and also people are starting to see them for what they are. Doomsday is not to far off.

  • markus.botha - 2012-08-16 09:08

    Corruption thrives where good men fail to act. Maybe the slogan of the ANC should be changed to "Corruption Thrives".

  • darryl.scott.77770 - 2012-08-16 09:45

    Bla Bla Bla - all goodie two shoes so you can become the next president. Then will fall into the same pit as the rest. Greed is in your blood my friend !

  • leon.nel.52 - 2012-08-16 12:18

    Theres no need to fight. Just vote the corrupt ANC out of power.

  • Paddy - 2012-08-30 08:47

    Ho hum. What is going to be done about the minister, who, after being told by the High Court that a tender is illegal and invalid, says "it is not corrupt, so it's business as usual"? Get real, Mr Motlanthe.

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