Corruption taken lightly

Ministers, chief executives and heads of government departments were absent at the third anti-corruption congress which was held in Boksburg last week and chaired by Geraldine Fraser-Moloketi.

Ministers, chief executives and heads of government departments were absent at the third anti-corruption congress which was held in Boksburg last week and chaired by Geraldine Fraser-Moloketi.

The congress was attended mainly by the business sector and Non-Governmental Organisations.

It is a pity that the government does not see corruption as a problem. Most senior officials deny that their departments are corrupt.

Could this be because some of these officials are themselves involved in fraudulent activities?

Good governance, financial accountability, transparency and good reporting mechanisms are necessary to combat corruption.

I think it would encourage public servants to practise transparency in government departments if they knew that foreign investors will not invest in our country if they perceive us to be corrupt. Moral and ethical values need to be reinforced, particularly in the public sector.

Hermène Koorts, MPL, DA Gauteng

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