"Both public officials and private companies must be made to know and feel that corruption does not pay through quick disciplinary hearings; blacklisting for future employment and asserts forfeitures"
Pretoria, December 9, 2012. The United Nations (UN) has declared December 09 international day against corruption. On this day the world gathers to recommit itself to the fight against corruption, review progress and also share new strategies on how to stop corruption in both private and public sector.
The Minister of Public Service and Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu see the 2012 International Anti Corruption Day as a platform for the South African Government and its people to not only renew their commitment to fight corruption in the public sector and private sector but also to introduce new strategies and tough measures to prevent corruption at all levels of Government.
"The poorest of the poor are victims of corruption everyday as service delivery is compromised, all South Africans must unite against fraud and corruption" Sisulu said.
The Minister is highly concern about cases of corruption, fraud, maladministration and unethical behaviour involving public servants as they collude with private sector companies and individuals to defraud the state and all South Africans.
The Minister has instructed that a new strategy "with very strong teeth" to fight corruption must be completed by end of the financial year, key to this new strategy is the use of modern technology and intelligent financial systems to prevent corruption and maladministration; effective and speedy finalisation of disciplinary cases and most importantly that officials found guilty of corruption and fraud are dealt with through asserts forfeitures, dismissal from work and blacklisting for future employment opportunities in both private and public sector.
The Minister has instructed that the following measures be introduced immediately to enhance existing corruption fighting measures:
"Fighting corruption requires the participation of all South Africans; we must report bad service from officials. We must report low quality of work from contractors and attempts to solicit bribes" She said.
"A strong and unambiguous message must be sent to public servants that corruption and fraud does not pay and action must be taken against officials involved in corruption, the same must be said to private companies and individuals, they must also know that there are no benefits from corrupt activities." She said.
The Minister committed that the School of Government to be opened in 2013 will also develop a dedicated curriculum to groom ethical and committed public servants whose only interest is serving the poor. "We seek a public servant who love serving the people, who feel privileged and honoured to be given a responsibility to improve the lives of his/her fellow citizens, not interested in fraud and corruption. The School of Government must produce those cadres who will be our soldiers against maladministration, fraud, corruption and unethical behaviour" She concluded.
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