JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORK AGAINST CORRUPTION (BLACK SASH, SOUTH AFRICAN CATHOLICS BISHOPS CONFERENCE, ISS, IDASA, ECOSOCC, ODAC AND SANGOCO)
For immediate release: Friday, 19 August 2011
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption calls on all South Africans to step up the fight against corruption and unethical conduct by endorsing a Pledge to “Red Card Corruption”. The pledge - not to pay a bribe and to report any attempt to solicit a bribe to the relevant authorities – is part of a campaign initiated by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) to mobilise the nation to adopt a zero tolerance towards corruption.
Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager Nkosikhulule Nyembezi says corruption is a terrible scourge in South Africa and is depleting much needed State resources that should be directed at our most vulnerable citizens. “We urge all South Africans to take the pledge against corruption. It is something real and tangible we can each do in order to make a difference in our society,” says Nyembezi.
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption says it supports government-led efforts to clean up procurement systems; strengthen supply chain management and hold perpetrators of tender fraud accountable. However, it calls on government to take even tougher measures to root out the corruption which is becoming endemic in our society. “We need to establish a dedicated, independent anti-corruption agency and strengthen the enforcement of our anti-competition laws and regulations, particularly around the awarding of State tenders to private companies. Other issues that need to be addressed are that of party political funding and the legislation on whistle-blowing. More effective mechanisms also need to be put in place to monitor any potential conflict of interest when it comes to public officer bearers,” explains Nyembezi.
CASAC will be convening a Red Card Corruption Rally in Kliptown, Johannesburg at the Walter Sisulu Square – Multi Purpose Hall on Saturday, 20 August 2011 at which a number of representatives of civil society bodies and prominent South Africans will publicly endorse a Pledge to “Red Card Corruption”.
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