Public Service and Administration Minister, Mr Senzo Mchunu will lead South Africa in joining the world to commemorate this year’s International Anti–Corruption Day on Monday.
Hosted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the University of South Africa (UNISA), the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day will be held in Pretoria under the theme: “United Against Corruption: Building a Culture of Accountability for Sustainable Development”.
International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated annually on December 9 in recognition of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which was signed in Mexico in 2003.
South Africa is one of the signatories to the Convention and ratified it in 2004. This year’s anniversary marks 16 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention.
The day provides an opportunity for political leaders, governments, business, legal bodies and lobby groups to join forces against corruption, as it is one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Government also acknowledges that corruption undermines the rule of law and impedes government’s authority and efforts to achieve its socio-economic development and service delivery objectives.
All South Africans are encouraged to celebrate this day by blowing the whistle against corruption through the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH): 0800 701 701.
The day is also aimed at raising awareness, provide an opportunity for political leaders, governments, business, legal bodies, and lobby groups to join forces against corruption.
Monday’s commemoration is scheduled to get underway at 8:30am at UNISA Senate Hall.
The other speakers on the day include the Chairperson of the PSC, Advocate Richard Sizani, United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms N Bekele-Thomas and the UNODC Regional Office representative for Southern Africa, Ms Z Akisheva.