MEDIA STATEMENTS ON ANTI-CORRUPTION

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday, 05 August 2008

Resolutions of the 3 rd National Anti-Corruption Summit (Continued)

We therefore resolve as follows:

A.      Ethical practices in social and economic life

1.  That the NACF establish a task team to urgently consolidate and articulate the National Integrity System.

2.       To call on political parties and Parliament to expedite the regulation of transparency in party political funding and to consider a sanctions mechanism.

3.       To urge political parties in all three spheres of government to disclose their business interests.

4.       To continue to strengthen monitoring and accountability mechanisms with respect to all tender processes in the public sector.

5.       To support the swift regulation of post public sector employment for all elected and appointed public officials and its implementation.

6.       To strengthen the current system of disclosure of interests for all elected and appointed public officials.

7.       To develop systems of disclosure of interests for business and civil society.

8.       To support legislative and other measures to ensure that companies found guilty of offences of price fixing, market allocation and collusive tendering are prohibited from state tenders for a determined period.

9.       To strengthen the enforcement provisions of the Competition Act including holding individuals accountable for price fixing, market allocation and collusive tendering.

10. To urge the business community to investigate self-regulating mechanisms to improve ethical conduct in practice.

11. To reaffirm that ethics must be infused in all aspects of the education system including the curriculum at all levels.

12. To reaffirm that schools of Business and Public Management must provide courses on professional ethics and anti-corruption.

13. To call for the strengthening of the institutional capacity of the private sector to detect and prevent corruption.

14. To complete the implementation of continental and international anti-corruption legal instruments and promote the enforcement thereof in national law.

B. Strengthening Accountability, Coordination and Oversight

1.       To strengthen anti-corruption bodies and improve coordination among them.

2.       That all allegations of corruption must be investigated and prosecuted without fear or favour, in accordance with past and present anti-corruption legislation.

3.       To reaffirm that sectors and professional bodies must adopt sector and profession specific codes of conduct and/or ethics as well as a training and communications regimes to support their application.

4.       That the private sector must mainstream anti-corruption practices and report on them in Annual Reports in an accessible and transparent manner.

5.       To promote national anti-corruption values and interests continentally and internationally.

6.       To call for improved financial accountability and transparency of civil society organizations.

7.       To strengthen the powers of oversight bodies for the business sector and promote coordination of their activities.

8.       To promote the National Anti-Corruption Hotline and support the further development of capacity to respond to reported corruption.

C. Access to services through participatory governance

1.       That all state entities improve service delivery through inter alia eliminating corrupt practices, encouraging whistleblowing and complying with the National Integrity System.

2.       That services are offered to all citizens equitably and fairly.

3.       That the NACF supports the urgent finalization of the review of the Protected Disclosures Act and initiates a national conversation on building a culture of whistleblowing.

4.       That participatory governance must be promoted to ensure that corruption and the abuse of power are addressed at the site of service delivery.

5.       To implement effective anti-corruption communication and awareness programmes at community level, within the business sector and across civil society.

6.       That public officials in all spheres of government must be trained in ethics, conflict of interest principles, constitutional and administrative law and the principles of Batho Pele.

D. National Anti-Corruption Forum

1.       That all three sectors must fully commit and take ownership of the NACF and the chair must rotate.

2.       To strengthen the NACF and undertake a review of institutional arrangements including the role of leadership, composition, expanded participation and whether or not the NACF should become a statutory body.

3.       To call on universities and professional bodies to expand their participation in the NACF.

4.       That the NACF promotes dialogue within the sectors.

For more information, contact Professor Richard Levin on 083 320 4129 (Government),
Alison Tilley on 083 258 2209 (Civil Society) and
Vic Van Vuuren on 082 882 1759 (Business)

Jointly issued by Government, Business and Civil Society