Plans to fight corruption imminent

2010-10-31 08:46

Johannesburg - Within the next three to four months firm plans should be seen for government’s renewed fight against corruption.

On Friday Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Sake24 that announcements had already been made and that plans for the prosecution of offenders and fines for public servants and business people would soon be in place.

On Wednesday, in his medium-term budget framework, Gordhan railed against fraud, corruption and maladministration, and announced five initiatives for the fight against fraud and corruption.

He also said the inter-ministerial anti-corruption committee, chaired by Collins Chabane, minister in the presidency, was currently investigating procurement and tender fraud worth some R25bn.

The R25bn being investigated did not mean that R25bn had been squandered, said Gordhan.

It was simply the amount under investigation, but the outcome was still uncertain.

The issue was being addressed openly, said Gordhan. Government acknowledged it was a challenge and wanted to play open cards with the public.

The important thing, he said, was not sit back with arms folded but to be proactive in improving measures to counter corruption.

- Sake24

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  • Fred - 2010-10-31 09:53

    Yada, yada, yada !!!!! Talk, talk, talk and more talk !!!! When do we start seeing some action? Also I see Pravin Gordhan talking about prosecution and fines. This is no deterrant. These crooks have already made so much money that fines don't worry them. What we need is action, prosecution and VERY LONG JAIL SENTENCES with NO exceptions, and NO PAROLE OR PARDONS. Let the swine rot in jail with all the other common criminals. That will be the only remedy. BRING BACK THE SCORPIONS who are not under the control of the police or politicians and maybe then we will see some action and start believing that there is hope.

  • Jane - 2010-10-31 10:18

    Don't hold your breath...... we are waiting!!!

  • Maryanne - 2010-10-31 11:08

    blablabla always talk. PROOF that is what we want to see. Show us how you have prosecuted and jailed the guilty. We know you else is guilty and walking around isn't he ......... TALK TALK TALK no walk Typical can not take responsibility and do what you where vote to do

  • Hector - 2010-10-31 11:22

    Could I please have the contract to build the prison/s all these fraudsters will be sent to once they have been convicted - Gordhan must be commended for creating employment

  • Atomic99 - 2010-10-31 11:27

    Start with ALL government related people (e.g. Malema, Yengeni, etc) and you'll sort out 90% of the corruption in this country. Wonder how much of the stuff that is dug up will be seen by us? The media bill will probably be in force by then so great timing ANC!!!

  • Alibaba1 - 2010-10-31 11:32

    Oh get real, this government cannot effectively tackle corruption, because if the were to do that more than half of them would end up behind bars. Only thing that could save us is a change of government.

  • Burtfred - 2010-10-31 12:12

    "the Government wants to play open card" said Gordhan. Oh really? Which government is he referring to? The same bunch of corrupt crooks that want to muzzle the press? Mr Gordhan, you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

  • Roy Heydenrych - 2010-10-31 12:15

    Government has still to show that Senior Government Officials when found Guilty get the the severe punishment they deserve. Furthermore when found . guilty they should NEVER again be allowed to stand for Public Office and should be expelled from Party Hierarchy to set an example for future party members to see and know what the consequences are for irresponsible and illegal activities

  • V3 - 2010-10-31 13:19

    Gorhan is getting mixed up between cards and cardres. Cards are things you play, like the "race card" which keeps Pravin in power; cardres are people (like Mpshe, Simelane, Hofmeyr, Makgoba or Love) that are strategically deployed to cover-up ANC corruption. R25 billion barely covers the interest on the Arms Deal fraud which the ANC is covering up. If you want to fight corruption, start with President 783 (and his nepotism) - the rot starts at the top.

  • Maryanne - 2010-10-31 16:50

    blablabla always talk. PROOF that is what we want to see. Show us how you have prosecuted and jailed the guilty. We know you else is guilty and walking around isn't he ......... TALK TALK TALK no walk Typical can not take responsibility and do what you were vote to do

  • gato - 2010-10-31 17:55


  • Ash - 2010-10-31 22:20

    Arrest the government,you will get rid of 90% of the corruption

  • Mac - 2010-11-01 07:35

    Yawn!!! Heard this before

  • Eddy - 2010-11-01 08:09

    ANC has no respect or credibility in eyes of many citizens. Government employees from President to lowest ranks, do your jobs efficiently,honestly and productively. Prove us wrong if you are able to.

  • Freddy - 2010-11-01 08:26

    Unfortunate heading. The end of the world is also imminent.

  • Vasco - 2010-11-01 11:42

    Bye bye Pravin ! The ANC constituency will never allow a disruption to the flow of money to the members pockets. They will remove Zuma and they will remove Pravin.R25bil a year industry just does not suddenly seize to be.

  • peter - 2010-11-02 16:16

    Wait to see some action without suspension on full pay and defence at taxpayers expense. IF found guilty let them set their own sentence - as long as it takes to repay what they stole is how long they stay in jail. NO FINES!!

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