The first Public Sector Anti-corruption Conference was held in Cape Town, during 10-11th November 1998. At this conference, a call was made for the anti-corruption effort to become a national concern, which would include all sectors of South African society.
Consequently, a National Anti-Corruption Summit was convened in April of 1999. At the summit, a resolution was passed, calling for a national anti-corruption forum to be established.
Two years later, after much debate and preparation, the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) was launched in Cape Town by the deputy-president of South Africa on June 15th, 2001.
Each sector is represented by ten members nominated by their respective constituencies.
The current chairperson is the President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Ms. Futhi Mtoba.
On the 26th March 2003, the NACF reported to parliament on its activities since 2001.
Civil Society is represented on the NACF by the following ten organisations:
The Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU)
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC)
The Economic and Social Council (ECCOSOC)
The Federation of Unions of SA (FEDUSA)
The Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM)
The National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU)
The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF)
The National Religious Leaders Forum (NRLF)
The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO)
Transparency SA (T-SA)
The Department of Arts and Culture
The Department of Finance
The Department of Home Affairs
The Department of Intelligence Services
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
The Department of Provincial and Local Government
The Department of Public Enterprises
The Department of Public Service and Administration
The Department of Safety and Security
The Public Service Commission
WHEREAS the National Anti-Corruption Summit held in Parliament, Cape Town, on 14 – 15 April 1999, recognised the serious nature and extent of the problem of corruption in our society;
AND WHEREAS the delegates to the National Anti-Corruption Summit committed themselves to develop a culture of zero tolerance of corruption;
AND WHEREAS it has been resolved at the National Anti-Corruption Summit that sectoral cooperation is required for the prevention and combating of corruption;
AND WHEREAS it has been resolved at the National Anti-Corruption Summit that various measures and sectoral cooperation are required to prevent and combat corruption;
NOW THEREFORE a National Anti-Corruption Forum is established.
1. A non-statutory and cross-sectoral National Anti-Corruption Forum (hereinafter “the Forum”) is established:
• To contribute towards the establishment of a national consensus through the co-ordination of sectoral strategies against corruption;
• To advise Government on national initiatives on the implementation of strategies to combat corruption;
• To share information and best practice on sectoral anti-corruption work;
• To advise sectors on the improvement of sectoral anti-corruption strategies;
2. The Forum shall consist of thirty (30) members on the basis of ten (10) representatives from each of the sectors envisaged in the resolutions of the National Anti-Corruption Summit.
3. The members of the Forum shall be fit and proper persons who are committed to the objectives of the Forum and who shall serve as members on a voluntary basis. Such representatives shall be suitable leaders within each sector.
4. The Forum shall appoint a Chairperson with two deputies from the other representative sectors.
5. Each sector shall ensure that members of the Forum are representative of all constituent parts of the sector and that members provide continuity in their contributions to the work of the Forum.
6. The Minister for the Public Service and Administration will convene members of the Public Sector.
7. Meetings of the Forum shall be convened by the Forum. Any sector represented in the Forum may call for a meeting of the Forum.
8. The Forum shall be assisted by a secretariat provided by the Public Service Commission.
9. The Public Service Commission shall at the first meeting of the Forum submit a proposal to the Forum on the manner, nature and impartiality of support of the secretariat.
10. The Public Service Commission shall, under the guidance of the Forum, convene an Anti-corruption Summit on a bi-annual basis.
11. The Forum shall consider its composition, capacity and continued functioning after one year.
12. The functions of the Forum shall be to do all such things as are reasonably possible to achieve its objectives as set out in paragraph 1 above. The Forum shall at its first meeting adopt a plan of work in order to achieve the objectives set out in the Memorandum of Understanding.
13. The Public Service Commission shall prepare an annual report on the activities of the Forum. The annual report must be approved by the Forum. The Public Service Commission shall publish the annual report, including to Parliament, at the bi-annual Anti-corruption Summits and on the Public Service Commission’s official Website.
14. Any report by the Forum shall be distributed by the members of the Forum to the entities they represent to be made as widely available as is reasonably possible.
15. The Public Service Commission will bear all expenditure emanating from secretarial support, excluding the cost of publication and printing of annual reports. Each sector undertakes to bear all costs related to the attendance of Forum meetings and the bi-annual Summits. The Public Service Commission will strive to obtain donor funds and sponsorships for the activities of the Forum and the bi-annual Summits.