Opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has unmasked the elementary cause of corruption in South Africa. According the DA, corruption soared higher under Zuma’s nose because the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) has not met in four years.
SA’s NACF is made up of business, civil society, and government representatives. Each sector is represented by 10 members.
The DA considered this development as a great dereliction of duty and ANC’s hollow commitment towards the elimination of corruption.
“This dereliction is indicative of the ANC government’s hollow commitment to fighting corruption in the public service and elsewhere,” DA shadow minister of public service and administration Annette Lovemore said.
Lovemore disclosed that the Public Service Commission – under which the NACF falls will be summoned in Parliament.
The Public Service Commission has failed its duty by failing to convene a single meeting under the auspices of the NACF.
The Commission, which is answerable to Parliament in terms of section 196(5) of the Constitution is also deemed to have failed in its constitutional mandate.
DPSA Speaks More On National Anti-Corruption Forum’s Inaction
A contributor, who doubles as Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) spokesperson, Dumisani Nkwamba admitted no meeting has held since December 10 2012, irrespective of countless attempts.
“These attempts did not yield any positive results due to the unavailability of key representatives from the various sectors. These sectors include government, business and civil society.
The NACF did not implement any joint programmes, as was agreed to at the last summit held in December 2011.”
Nkwamba explained that no fund was budgeted for NACF, as the PSC served as the secretariat to the NACF.
“As secretariat, the PSC is responsible for all logistical arrangements and support to the NACF’s work of the governance structure. In the 2006/2007 financial year government provided the secretariat with R4.5m. This fund was allocated to implement projects listed under the national anti-corruption programme which was drafted by the NACF.
The two other sectors sponsored their own sector-specific projects. They also contributed to the December 2011 summit, held at the Sandton Convention Centre,” he said.
The spokesperson however called for plans to revitalize the NACF. This is because “the fight against corruption requires the involvement of all sectors of society.”
Meanwhile, Nkwamba disclosed that the NACF is yet to be replaced despite a slump in activities.
Following the National Anti-Corruption Forum’s idleness, police statistics revealed that at most only one-third of public servants found guilty of corruption, internally, were ever reported to police.
Of a truth, these statistics do not speak of a high level of public sector commitment to rooting out corruption.