Sowetan not right about graft

We wish to correct some inaccuracies in Sowetan on April 10, under the headline: "NW gets tough on graft".

We wish to correct some inaccuracies in Sowetan on April 10, under the headline: "NW gets tough on graft".

Points highlighted by Premier Edna Molewa were that the conference agreed there was a common understanding that corruption takes place in all sectors of society, as well as at the interface between the public, private and civil society sectors.

The forum reached an understanding that as part of the global effort to prevent and combat corruption, governments and civil society have a duty to work together to develop national integrity systems.

Molewa reiterated that, like all over the world and in South Africa, corruption poses a challenge in North West.

South Africa is ranked 51 out of 163 of the world's 193 countries surveyed and listed by Transparency International in its Perception Index.

The National Integrity Systems TI Country Study Report conducted in South Africa in 2003 says that corruption is a major challenge at provincial and local government level and affects the public sector's capacity to deliver services to the poor.

The study also says the political will to tackle corruption exists, but the implementation of anti-corruption measures presents a serious challenge.

Russel Mamabolo, office of the premier, North West

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