Justice Minister Outlines Anti-Corruption Measures

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The justice and constitutional development minister, Jeff Radebe, has outlined some of the measures government is taking to combat corruption in South Africa.

He made these announcements during an address to the business anti-corruption forum in Johannesburg.

The minister stressed that government had placed a high premium on fighting corruption “for the simple reason that it undermines the integrity and efficacy of our institutions and programmes”.

He declared that the participation of business in the fight against corruption was essential to bring about success.

“Therefore business is at the heart of activities that may prompt or attract corruption, and similarly business must be at the centre of any strategy or programmes to combat corruption”.

The minister acknowledged that “huge challenges” remain.

“The fight against crime must devolve down to the other tiers of government, as well as business and the NGO sectors”.

He also indicated that a baseline report within the justice, crime prevention and security cluster has been completed. The cluster was instructed to submit the report by 31 October 2011.

The cluster has also committed itself to a zero tolerance approach to corruption within its ranks.

The fight against corruption is being coordinated by the anti-corruption task team.

The minister pointed out that the vetting of all senior managers in the public sector is receiving attention.

He added that fraud prevention and anti-corruption strategies had been finalised by all departments.

At the local government level, a “dedicated capacity has been created in the provinces to investigate and combat corruption within local government”.

One task outstanding is the creation of an integrated database that “contains corruption data for all the components of the criminal justice system”.

The minister also declared that the anti-corruption task team is to be strengthened “with specialised technical investigative capacity from national treasury, DPSA, SIU and DPCI to fight corruption more effectively”.

An action plan is to be drawn up with timeframes.

Government is to place particular attention on those areas where corruption is more prevalent without neglecting other areas.

Sabinet Cape Town Office