International Anti-Corruption day hosted at University of South Africa

Date: 12 Dec 2012

On the 10th of December, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a meeting at UNISA where members of the panel and other delegates from various departments observed the International Anti-Corruption Day.

The International Anti-Corruption day is commemorated globally every 9th of December as a day to highlight the fight against corruption.

Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Ms Ayanda Dlodlo said at the event that "We have lost too much money as a country, which could have helped save the lives of our citizens, if we strengthen measures by fostering frameworks, we can eradicate corruption".

As the International Community strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) by 2015 and forge an agenda for economic and social progress in the years beyond, addressing the problem of corruption becomes all the more urgent.

Mr Zwelinzima Vavi, newly elected Chairperson of The National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) also expressed his concerns about corruption. "If corruption is not conquered, it will mean decay and ultimate death of the living body of our democracy. We need to turn principles into action on the ground and instill the culture of Public Service, where chosen leaders serve citizens, and if not, those leaders re-elected. People have turned cynical, if we cannot win this fight, they will no longer take us seriously," he said.

This event was held on the 10th because the 9th fell on a Sunday.

Alice Mminele

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