SA’s ‘losing the battle against corruption’

The Independent Democrats yesterday called for a complete overhaul of anti-corruption initiatives after a Public Service Commission report found more than two-thirds of corruption cases reported had “gone missing”.

“It seems that notwithstanding the interventions made by government to reduce corruption in South Africa, there has been little or no results,” said ID secretary-general and member of parliament Haniff Hoosen.

Of the more than 7 500 cases reported to the national anti-corruption hotline during the last six years, there had been feedback on only about 2 700 cases, according to the ninth state of the public service report released in Pretoria.

Hoosen said that over the last 12 years, South Africa had moved 11 places down on the Corruption Perception Index, an annual report conducted by Transparency International.

He said in 1998 South Africa was 32nd, and this year it dropped to 53rd place.

“These results are proof that we are steadily losing the battle against corruption in our country and unless, we undertake a complete overhaul of our anti-corruption initiatives, the country will continue on this trajectory in the years to come.” Hoosen said.

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