Corrupt elements are going to find it difficult operating within the public service. This clear message was sent out by Minister for Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi during his address of the Public Protector Good Governance Conference in Pretoria today.
Participating as a panellist during discussions at the second day of the conference, the Minister said the recently launched Public Service Anti-corruption Unit as well as the Ethics and Integrity framework being developed were some of the government's accelerated efforts to stamp out corruption in the public service.
He said the coordinated approach that the government, civil society and business were embarking on in this drive was a clear demonstration of how effective collaboration could be.
Minister Baloyi said it was this coordination that Chapter 9 Institutions needed to hasten as part of achieving good governance and a corruption-free environment.
"Our collaboration with the Departments of Finance and Justice goes a long way towards fulfilling the "Together we can do more to fight corruption" principle, and it is my responsibility to ensure that all the state institutions collaborate against corruption in the public service," he said. .
The conference is part of the activities to characterise the Public Protector Good Governance Week.
Deliberations amongst participants from all oversight bodies responsible for promoting good governance and civil society centred on this year's theme, "Strengthening synergies and leadership in ensuring public accountability".
Minister Baloyi addressed the session on "Strengthening oversight synergies through the national good governance framework."Zingisile Mapazi