Anti-Corruption Summit

Mr. President;
Members of the Executive;
Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners;
Madame Chairperson of the National Anti-corruption Forum;
Members of the National Anti-corruption Forum;
Distinguished delegates, guests, friends and comrades;
Ladies and gentlemen.

1. Introduction

The first Public-sector anti-corruption conference was held in Cape Town, during 10-11th November 1998. At this conference, a call was made for the anti-corruption effort to become a national concern, which would include all sectors of South African society. Consequently, the first National Anti-Corruption Summit was convened in April of 1999. At that summit, a resolution was passed, calling for a national anti-corruption forum to be established. Two years later, after much debate and preparation, the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) was launched in Cape Town on June 15th, 2001.

The first National Anti-Corruption Summit also passed resolutions focused around three (3) major strategic areas in the campaign against corruption, namely:

  • Preventing Corruption
  • Combating Corruption and
    Building integrity and raising awareness
  • Today we are gathered here under the auspices of the NACF to critically assess strategies and past achievements in fighting corruption and to examine future challenges to both prevent and combat corruption in order, hopefully, to unite the various sectors to a common programme of action.

2. The Composition of the NACF

The NACF is comprised of 3 sectors, viz. civil society, business and government. Each sector is represented by 10 members nominated by their respective constituencies. The current chairperson is the Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. The Public Service Commission provides the secretariat to support NACF and has recently obtained funding from the National Treasury (R500.000.00 annually for three years) in order to strengthen this role.

3. Functions of the NACF include :

  • To contribute towards the establishment of a national consensus through the co-ordination of sectoral strategies against corruption;

  • To advise Government on national initiatives on the implementation of strategies to combat corruption;

  • To share information and best practice on sectoral anti-corruption work;

  • To advise sectors on the improvement of sectoral anti-corruption strategies.

4. Conclusion

I hope therefore during the next day - and - a half of proceedings that we achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves. I should therefore like to take this opportunity of wishing us well as we put into motion the next phase of our anti-corruption programme in South Africa.



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