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LAUNCH OF INITIATIVES BY THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION FORUM (NACF) 30 AUGUST 2006

Following a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration about progress made in implementing the National Anti-Corruption Programme (NAP), the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) launched its website and a Guide to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act in Cape Town today.

The event culminated in leaders of the various member organisations of the NACF signing the NACF Integrity Pledge.

Briefing to the Portfolio Committee

In briefing the Portfolio Committee, the NACF highlighted progress made in implementing the NAP that was adopted in June last year, following the 2nd National Anti-Corruption Summit that was held in March 2005.

Amongst the key issues that the Committee was briefed on, are:

Launch of NACF Initiatives

Emanating from the resolutions of the second National Anti-Corruption Summit, the NACF has developed a National Anti-Corruption Programme (NAP). The NAP provides for a number of joint projects to be undertaken by the three sectors represented on the NACF (public, business and civil society).

These projects are indicative of the ability of all sectors of society to stand together in the fight against corruption. Today marked the launch of three products emanating from the NAP, namely the Guide to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, the website of the NACF and an Integrity Pledge by leaders of the sectors represented on the NACF.

Guide to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act

Legislation all over the world is written in traditional legal language which some may find difficult to understand. The Anti-Corruption Act is no exception. It is for this reason that the NACF decided to popularise the Act by simplifying it through the Guide both in terms of language and through the use of illustrations. The Promotion of Access to Information Act stresses the need for Government to make important information available to the citizenry, which is why the NACF found it necessary to produce this useful guide.

The NACF hopes that this Guide will raise more awareness on the need to fight corrupt activities, thereby promoting honesty and integrity in a young democracy, which in turn will lead to better and more effective service delivery for all.

The NACF believes that by publishing a reader-friendly Guide, it has contributed in a small way towards bringing legislation closer to the people.

The NACF Website

The website contains vital information that ranges from the promotion of the identity and profile of the NACF, to the objectives and work of the three sectors, viz. Public, Business, and Civil Society, towards the prevention and combating of corruption. In future, the website will also contain case studies on the combating and prevention of corruption in order to afford organisations and individuals fighting corruption an opportunity to benchmark their efforts against those of others and also draw lessons from such case studies.

The website address is www.nacf.org.za

NACF Integrity Pledge

The signing of the Pledge is a commitment by the sectors represented on the NACF to serve the country and its people with respect, dignity and integrity, and consistent with the values and principles of the Constitution.

By signing the Pledge, the NACF members are committing themselves to set an example through the promotion of high standards of service and ethical behaviour that are conducive to the development of the economy and the eradication of poverty.

Although the signing of the Pledge commenced today, all sectors are expected to encourage their members to sign it and popularise it within their constituencies. As leaders of their respective constituencies, NACF Members sign the Pledge in their personal capacity.

The NACF is proud that the initiatives launched today are proof that anti-corruption coalitions can and do work.

Issued by the Secretariat of the National Anti-Corruption Forum.

For more information please contact:

Humphrey Ramafoko 082 782 1730 or
Clayson Monyela 082 806 7405