International Anti-Corruption Day [press release]

This day (9 December) is marked by the UN General Assembly as International Anti-Corruption Day.

COPE’s position of corruption is aptly contained in its 2014 Manifesto and is repeated here.

SOUTH AFRICA DESERVES A GOVERNMENT WITH LEADERS WHO ARE HONEST SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE – A COPE GOVERNMENT WILL:

Once again present South Africa with leaders who are committed to serving the people, protecting and preserving public resources and assets and ensuring that corruption, waste and mismanagement are eradicated

Downsize government so that resources can be redirected towards investment in the economy

SOUTH AFRICA DESERVES A GOVERNMENT THAT IS RELIABLE, ACCOUNTABLE AND INCORRUPTIBLE

Accountability requires government ministers and public representatives to subject themselves and their actions (or lack of action) to sharp and continuous scrutiny. Accountability ensures quality outcomes.

Corruption in all spheres must be stamped out because it corrodes the fabric of society. The PFMA and MFMA are excellent pieces of legislation, but the practice of by-passing the measures in these Acts have seriously harmed our economy and must be fully addressed.

Our country is full of good and hard-working people who deserve a government that is truly accountable and fully committed to serving them in an ethical, honest and intelligent manner. For the people of South Africa, only the best form of governance is acceptable.

To achieve this objective of total accountability –

A COPE GOVERNMENT WILL:

Require all legislatures to demand much higher levels of accountability from themselves as public representatives

Empower all legislatures to demand greater accountability of all members of the executive

Allow for an annual debate in all legislatures on the extent to which governing parties are observing constitutionality, the rule of law and transparency

Create conditions to ensure that the public as well as the private sector comply with requirements for accountability, transparency and good governance

Protect the independence of Chapter 9 Institutions.

The recommendations of Chapter 9 institutions will immediately be taken up

Given the current intense debates on corruption, irregular and wasteful expenditure as reported in 201314 Auditor General Report and the Report of the Public Protector on Nkandla, COPE position on corruption remains unchanged and relevant.

Source : Congress of the People