MEDIA STATEMENTS ON ANTI-CORRUPTION

Resolutions of the 4th National Anti-Corruption Summit

09 December 2011

The Fourth National Anti-Corruption Summit was held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 8-9 December 2011. It was attended by more than 300 delegates.

The National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) hosts the biennial National Anti-Corruption Summits. The primary function of the Summits is to report back on the implementation of resolutions and to pass new ones for further implementation. The NACF also uses the Summit to reflect on the nature and state of corruption in the country and the initiatives and efforts needed to be put in place to deal with corruption. Consequently, it passes resolutions to address these concerns. The Resolutions of the Fourth National Anti-Corruption Summit are therefore included below.

RESOLUTIONS

We the delegates drawn from the various sectors of South African society -

Observe International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2011, acknowledging that, while our country has adopted several laws in accordance with our Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, key international conventions aimed at combating corruption, it needs to find innovative ways to ensure their effective implementation;

Note with growing concern the worsening ratings measured by corruption perception indices of South Africa’s ethical performance, and the destructive impact and unsustainable effect on our social fabric of the combined ills of corruption at top levels and conspicuous consumption in a context of widening economic and social inequality;

Welcome the promised progress to strengthen transparency and accountability in the revised Public Service Integrity Management Framework, and call for its speedy implementation;

Acknowledge that some parts of civil society and the private sector have not yet consistently implemented similar financial disclosure provisions for directors in their organisations;

Acknowledge the positive role being played by various fora established by government to enhance cooperation and collaborative synergies, including the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Corruption, the Multi-Agency Working Group, the Anti-Corruption Task Team and the Public Service Anti-Corruption Unit;

Note reports of progress in the review of the Protected Disclosures Act, called for in NACF Resolutions of 2005 and 2008;

Acknowledge concrete steps taken by the private sector and government aimed at deepening cooperation in the fight against corruption, and encourage future collaboration between all sectors;

Welcome recent positive developments indicating greater resolve by government to take firm action in active support of the work of Chapter 9 institutions;

Recommit ourselves as individual delegates, organisations and sectors to actively promote good governance and an ethical culture in all spheres of South African life.

Resolve as follows:

  1. We reaffirm the original vision of the NACF, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding on its Establishment, as the primary platform for the development of a national consensus through the coordination of sectoral strategies against corruption.
  2. Sector representatives commit to securing the renewed commitment of their leadership to give effect to the vision and objectives of the NACF.
  3. We reaffirm our commitment to holding ourselves and each other accountable to report regularly on effective implementation of sectoral and joint strategies.
  4. We commit to engage with our respective constituencies and with each other to revise the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and implementation modalities.
  5. Sector representatives undertake to review their sectoral anti-corruption initiatives and programmes aimed at realising an agreed National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
  6. Each sector commits to review and where necessary reconstitute its representation on the NACF.
  7. We recognise that to give effect to the vision, objectives and programmes of the NACF it is necessary to identify and secure adequate resources to review and capacitate its structures at local, provincial and national level.
  8. To develop a comprehensive education, awareness and communication campaign to promote an ethical culture, develop an improved understanding of the many facets of corruption, and the contributions being made to combat this scourge.
  9. To reaffirm the resolutions adopted at previous Summits that remain unimplemented, call on all sectors to take urgent and decisive action to demonstrate their commitment to both their previous joint undertakings and to this shared Forum, and to include them in the National Anti-Corruption Programme. Previous resolutions are attached for ease of reference.
  10. We commit ourselves to engage to consider options for the implementation of and respect for the Constitutional Court’s ruling requiring the establishment of independent anti-corruption capacity.
  11. Noting reference in the Preamble to the review of the PDA, we call for comprehensive protection for whistleblowers, and the right to access to information in line with the national Constitution.
  12. The NACF is tasked to urgently produce a strategic programme of action supported by a business plan, including timeframes, to give effect to all resolutions.

Issued by the National Anti-Corruption Forum

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Resolutions of the 3rd National Anti-Corruption Summit

Tuesday, 05 August 2008

The third National Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted by the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) from Monday 04 to Tuesday 05 August 2008 in Ekurhuleni, adopted the resolutions below:

We the delegates drawn from various sectors of South African society attending the 3 rd National Anti-Corruption Summit at Birchwood, Ekurhuleni on 4 and 5 August 2008,

Building on the outcomes of the two previous National Anti-corruption Summits –

Cognizant of the central role of strong leadership in the fight against corruption;

Affirm fundamental significance of a National Integrity System in the fight against corruption in South Africa;

Respect our Constitutional values and institutional arrangements as the basis of the South African National Integrity System;

Recognise that South Africa has acceded to the United Nations, African Union, SADC and OECD international legal instruments on anti-corruption;

Recognise the progress made in the first 15 years of democracy and freedom towards a comprehensive national anti-corruption programme;

Noting that corruption undermines the democractic ethos and principles of our Constitution while eroding the social contract between citizens and the state;

Reaffirm the importance of inter-sectoral collaboration in the spirit of ubuntu;

Condemn the practice of price fixing and related issues;

Recognise the centrality of education in laying the foundation for an ethical society and success in combating corruption and the critical need for society to support education;

Call for the values of the National Integrity System to permeate the structures, practices and principles of the State, business and civil society sectors; and

Recommit ourselves at an individual level and call on all others to commit themselves to the process of moral regeneration and adherence to a value system of ethical conduct.

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Molewa, Fraser-Moleketi condemn corruption 10 December 2007

10 December 2007

North West Premier Edna Molewa and Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi have spoken hard about the danger of corruption manifesting itself in society.

The two were speaking at the ceremony to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day in Mogogelo village near Hammanskraal.

Premier Molewa said this event was taken to the people in order to highlight the significant role that ordinary citizens can play in the fight against corruption.

She explained that it was important for the people to know and understand that is their responsibility to expose all forms of corruption across all spectrums in society.

"People must also have trust and confidence in the law enforcement agencies. We can effectively use these agencies to root-out corruption without fear or favour so that we can create a society free from this scourge," said Molewa.

Molewa cited an example where community members exposed a local councillor in Madibeng Municipality for allegedly selling houses to other members of the community at the expense of deserving beneficiaries.

This, she explained, was a good anti-corruption initiative by a responsible community, which sought to play a role without fear to expose corrupt people in their midst.

Government, business, civil society and political parties also have a role to play in fighting corruption including within their own ranks, Minister Moleketi said.

She said ordinary people should also be at the forefront of fighting the scourge in an effort to safeguard the South Africa's young democracy.

The Minister said communities such as Mogogelo were better positioned to unearth and subsequently expose corruption because they are at the receiving end of services where corruption is more likely to surface.

In this context, the Minister warned that people should be aware of corruption in all sectors as it had the potential of threatening the country's integrity.

Fraser-Moleketi said exposing corruption and standing firm against it would help strengthen the country's legal and value systems.

The International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated by countries that are signatories to the United Nations (UN) Convention Against Corruption. In terms of the agreement, the international community recognises that the effective against corruption and fraud is the responsibility of all governments worldwide and the North West Provincial Government is no exception.

The UN Convention Against Corruption is one of the legally binding global anti-corruption agreements, which marks a historic milestone in the world's fight against the global scourge of corruption.

Enquiries: Cornelius Tanana Monama
Spokesperson: North West Provincial Government
Tel: 018 387 3456
Cell: 082 578 4063
Issued by: North West Provincial Government


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