The First National Anti-Corruption Summit

The First National Anti-Corruption Summit was held on 14-15 April 1999, in Parliament, Cape Town.

The delegates at the Summit committed themselves to the following resolutions and also acknowledged that corruption:

  • Adversely affects all sectors in society and impacts most directly on the poor
  • Is corroding the national culture and ethos of democracy and good governance at all levels and sectors of society
  • Depletes both government and civil society of scarce resources that are needed to ensure economic prosperity, and a better life for all
  • Is a blight on society caused by the worship of self, which gives the pursuit of personal affluence priority above the pursuit of economic justice for all.

They therefore committed themselves to:

  • Stamping out corruption at every level in society
  • Developing a culture of zero tolerance of corruption
  • Visibly supporting and subscribing to the national integrity strategy in order to combat corruption in all sectors of civil society and government
  • Educating all persons in South Africa to work together towards a higher moral purpose.

They therefore resolved to implement the following resolutions as the basis of a national strategy to fight corruption:

Combating Corruption

  • To endorse, support and implement all the sectoral initiatives developed in the National Anti-Corruption Summit
  • To critically review and revise legislation in place to combat corruption, and to address any shortcomings by either amending, or drafting new legislation where necessary
  • To protect persons from victimisation where they expose corrupt and unethical practices
  • To support the speedy enactment of the Open Democracy Bill to foster greater transparency, whisteblowing and accountability in all sectors
  • To ensure effective investigation and prosecution of acts of corruption by establishing special courts
  • To establish Sectoral Co-ordinating Structures to effectively lead and manage the National Anti-Corruption Programme in their sector and to feed into the development of a National Co-ordinating Structure. In particular the Public Service Commission should be empowered to effectively lead, co-ordinate, and manage and monitor the National Anti-Corruption campaign in the Public Service.
  • To rapidly establish a cross-sectoral task team to look into the establishment of a National Co-ordinating Structure with the authority to effectively lead, co-ordinate, monitor and manage the National Anti-Corruption Programme. The Public Service Commission is to take responsibility for establishing the cross-sectoral task team.

Preventing Corruption

  • To publicise and support the blacklisting of businesses, organisations and individuals who are proven to be involved in corruption and unethical conduct
  • To establish a National Anti-Corruption Hotline to facilitate the reporting of corrupt practices in all sectors
  • To establish and promote Sectoral and Other Hotlines to strengthen the National Hotline
  • To take disciplinary action and other pro-active measures against persons found to be behaving in corrupt and unethical ways
  • To monitor and report consistently and fairly on corruption in all areas of civil society, the private sector and Government.
  • To promote and to implement sound ethical, financial and related management practices in all sectors.

Building Integrity and Raising Awareness

  • To promote and pursue social analysis and research and policy advocacy to analyse the causes, effects and growth of corruption, and to evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of anti-corruption strategies
  • To negotiate, develop, support and enforce Codes of Good Conduct and Disciplinary Codes in each sector of civil society
  • To work together to inspire the youth, workers, employers and the whole South African society with a higher moral purpose and ethos that will not tolerate corruption
  • To promote training and education in occupational ethics on all levels of South African society
  • To support and work together with Government in creating a sustained media campaign to highlight the causes of, and solutions to corruption, and to communicate the national integrity strategy.