Despite the everyday corruption in the country, South Africa’s National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) has not done anything, whatsoever to address the everyday corruption plaguing the country.
A Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question revealed that NACF hasn’t convened a single meeting in four years to address the growing cases of corruption in the public service.
Reacting to this, DA lamented that the Public Service Commission has failed to give effect to its constitutional mandate.
The opposition party highlighted that an average of 250 public servants are found guilty of corruption each year, following internal disciplinary processes.
“Corruption is the cancer that stops service delivery to the millions of South Africans who desperately need an already bloated public service to work for them. Corruption also undermines economic development and growth needed for job creation,” DA stated.
With that, it asserted that NACF 4 years slumber “is indicative of the ANC government’s hollow commitment to fighting corruption in the public service and elsewhere.”
Thus, the Shadow Minister of Public Service & Administration, Annette Lovemore indicated that she will “write to the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration requesting that the Public Service Commission (PSC)- under which the NACF falls- appear before Parliament to account for this grave dereliction of duty.”
According to her, “the The PSC is answerable to Parliament in terms of section 196(5) of the Constitution and must account for this corruption-mongering state of affairs.”
With the foregoing, DA counseled that South Africa’s constitution demands a public service in which a high standard of professional ethics must be promoted and maintained.
The party vowed to fight-on in order to ensure that government employees maintain the ethical, legal and constitutional standards.
Thereafter, it called on South African to help stop corruption by voting for a DA government.