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Joining forces to combat corruption

In an effort to combat the scourge of corruption which has engulfed the country, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), in collaboration with Unisa’s School of Governance, has embarked on a mission to revive the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF). The Minister of DPSA, Faith Muthambi, convened a stakeholder meeting aimed at rejuvenating the forum as a reliable instrument to expose corruption across all sectors of society.  The meeting was held at the Unisa main campus on 19 May 2017.

The Minister of Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), Faith Muthambi and her deputy Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, convened a special stakeholder meeting at Unisa main campus to revive the National Anti- Corruption Forum.

The National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) was first constituted in 2001 as a partnership between government, business and civil society to prevent and combat corruption in the country. However, the forum became dormant around 2012 owing to the unavailability of parties to serve on the forum and attend meetings on a regular basis.

Among the other objectives the forum was tasked with is to advise government on national initiatives aimed at implementing strategies to combat corruption and to advise sectors on the improvement of sectoral anti-corruption strategies.

Muthambi said that government remained committed to combat and root out corruption wherever it manifests itself. She also said that corruption was a phenomenon that affects all sectors of society. She added that the Cabinet had tasked her with the revival of the forum; and all parties must join hands to combat corruption.

“Government and civil society, labour and business must come together to combat corruption”, she said.

Prof Harry Nengwekhulu, Head of Unisa’s School of Governance, echoed the same sentiment as the minister, saying that the rise in corruption was a growing concern and it needed to be regarded as a societal challenge, which calls on society to double its efforts to put an end to corruption.

The meeting was attended by a delegation from government, business and civil society. The meeting resolved to add labour and professional bodies as part of the team, which must form part of the forum.  The meeting also appointed a team led by Dumisani Hlophe from Unisa’s School of Governance to conduct a comprehensive review of the systematic challenges which rendered the forum dormant.

By Percy Mthombeni