Gordhan: Act on corruption

2012-08-30 12:41

Johannesburg - South Africans need to work together to prevent the country from giving in to a culture of greed and corruption, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday.

"Let me tell you that from where I stand and what I see, this (corruption) is a disease that a hospital or health system cannot solve.

"It will require an important set of decisions that all of us make morally in South Africa," he said at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg.

"Let us join with all those millions of honest people we have in South Africa, who are in government and out of government... the honest people need to have their voices heard."

He said the country's leadership and its people needed to fight the underlying factors that influenced corruption, such as greed and selfishness.

"If we don't do that we give in to culture that says 'I want everything now. I want to be a millionaire now... I want the best car even if I can't afford it'. We are creating a wrong type of culture."

He said South African leaders, whether they came from politics and business, needed to be humble.

"In South Africa we have too many pretenders, who say one thing in public, but do other things in private," he said to applause.

The country needed to be careful about "over-hyping" the ANC's national conference in Mangaung at the end of the year.

"Mangaung will come... We must be careful not to over-hype what are normal political contests in any society around the globe.

"It will have its own South African character, it will have its own South African noises, but at the end of the day it is a political contest. That's what democracy is about."

South African leaders needed to talk more instead of "shouting at each other in the public space".

The country needed greater economic and political inclusivity.

"Unless the world and South Africa find a solution to economic inclusivity, combined with really serious and deep political inclusivity, we will have serious fault lines."

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  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-08-30 12:50

    All of us? I think those of us who obey the law and pay our taxes really don't have anything to do with this disease.

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-08-30 12:55

      ANC are taunting us. Most af us work hard and pay taxes which they waste and how can he have the nerve to include us in this corruption thing. nxa

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-30 13:09

      Yip, he needs to talk to his ANC buddies who keep protecting each other when they get caught!!!

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-30 13:28

      If I hear them blah blah blahing one more time...I am going to shoot them!

      UNITY - 2012-08-30 13:47

      Eish! Minister Gordan, if u can't sweep your own doorstep do u expect to clean up the country? U read the paper? Its fellow comrades, civil and public servants. But then again u can't throw them in jail, we will need an extra hospital to accomodate them! You had a better image at SARS..unfortunately mixed with the dirt!!

      juannepierre - 2012-08-30 14:30

      I think the point here is to try eradicate any form of greed that may be in us or before us. And not with generosity but exuding a humble demur, and maybe if we all collectively focus on humbling ourselves then that collective concept can reach the fat cats that need to feel it the most. We can all do something... I think what is said has merit, to spite the irony behind who is saying it.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-08-30 16:50

      Get rid of the anc ... problem solved

  • ianon.ym - 2012-08-30 12:53

    Show me the uncorrupted who will act on corruption - there are none ...

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-30 19:59

      Give Pravin a Bells

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-08-30 12:55

    This "sickness" start right at the top....

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-08-30 12:56

    First Malema, now this one. Clean your own house first Mr Gordhan. We all know who the most corrupt people in this country are.

  • chris.barton.1690 - 2012-08-30 12:56

    Act on corruption... Yawn, how many times have we heard this one before?

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-08-30 12:59

    Do not vote for the ANC. That is the 1st step to take.

  • john.jack.1612147 - 2012-08-30 13:05

    The only way to stop corruption in S.A is to bisband the ANC

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-08-30 13:07

    Open invitation to Mr Gordhan. Dear Sir, start with your boss... (you know, the one with his ganggoolies hanging out)... and then his family... (you know the extended tribe that he is the father to)... Then look at all the people that sit in Ministers seats, (you included), to see where and on wich Board you sit (so as not to be making laws that might hinder your plunder)... Then you might have a look at all the people that have been ""re-eployed""... (mostly because they had their fingers in the till)... After all this, then you come back and tell us about the greed of your Party...(here i refer to both the constant waste of money to over-eat yourself...And the ANC, as a fat cat society...) But then again... your thoughts about cleaning your own act, is a noble one... Yours sincerely A citicen.

  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-08-30 13:08

    Nutter of the highest order.

  • wouter.basson.5 - 2012-08-30 13:09

    Mr. Gordhan, stop talking and be the first to take real meaningful action.

  • thembisa.ombinda - 2012-08-30 13:11

    I dont think you have thought this through Mr Gordhan. How are we supposed to fight corruption if you cannot? The governing party which you are part of steals from the poor; whistle-blowers inside govt get killed or mysteriously dismissed from their jobs or threatened. Now think long & hard about it and then tell me how the ordinary citizen like me is supposed to fight corruption.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-30 13:18

      Exactly - 100% correct.

      colin.langley - 2012-08-30 13:41

      Damn right Thembisa!

  • aspruyt - 2012-08-30 13:15

    All talk.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-30 13:16

    yada yada again. So, what's your plan of action?

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-30 13:23

    Like the e-toll saga? Pull the other one dude, you are part of the problem, not the solution.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-08-30 13:23

    avatar cliff.slabbert - Just posted Report commentComments Policy Bit late , isn't it amazing how the ANC takes to talking about how to solve the countries problems just before elections. We are not fooled by your prattling on about what 'we' should do. All you can do is talk just as a parrot does and coming from you that is not impressive at all. You are not,and never will be the leadership it will take to implement what should be implemented. South Africans deserve far better than you could even dream of offering.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-08-30 13:30

    If this was a true democracy Mr Gordhan, those who have already been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, would be in jail and our President would be fighting corruption as opposed to aiding it.... No one has the power or the political will to stop the rot gorging themselves at the trough like to pigs they are.

  • arthur.delarey - 2012-08-30 13:35

    That's your ANC you are talking about, Mr Gordhan

  • thozi.thozamile - 2012-08-30 13:41

    But Mr Gordhan, why don't you start with your Provincial leaders or party chairpersons? It would be interesting to find out how they've amassed their enormous wealth all of a sudden.

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-08-30 13:41

    Lifestyle audits for all civil servants, MPs, and companies /owners /directors of any tender received and or given over the last 60 months. Set up a TRC “Truth Reconciliation and Corruption” audit team. Have not one big accounting practise but three to triple audit so no one escapes with pals and cover ups. Pay them only on contingency, say 2% to recoverable . (That’s BIG bucks! ) Collect the billions, and spend it on the poor, infrastructure and education. But please don’t use it to buy votes like the grant system.

      komorison - 2012-08-30 22:25

      And please, throw in the banks into audit while you're about it.

  • Thomas Nkuna - 2012-08-30 13:46

    Gordhan stop talking and do something, actually start with ur boss. corruption this corruption that but you belong in the corrupt organization. @ Gordon talk is cheap start doing something.

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-08-30 13:50

    How disingenuous and super-hypocrytical again. WHICH South Africans exactly are Minister Pravin Gordhan referring to? Before any fairy ideas can even start to work here is what must FIRST happen: 1. Do away with AA EE BEE BBEE BBBEE and any other form of racial discrimination. 2. Put an URGENT STOP to all the farm murders and all other violent bloodthirsty crime. 3. STOP dumping textbooks in the veld. 4. Engage the taxpayer with talks BEFOREHAND on issues such as the freeway improvement project, instead of threatening them with e-tolls afterwards. 5. Put a stop to the culture of "WE DEMAND" or else we burn everything down.

  • andtowns - 2012-08-30 14:04

    Gordhan, my financial buddy, you are one serious fool living in denial!! You say much, which means nothing. Do you honestly think you ANC brother will listed and act on you silly utterances??

  • longfellow.walker - 2012-08-30 14:16

    Somewhere ..somewhere, there's gotta be a tune for this!

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-08-30 14:27

    Gordhan: Resign. Register your protest. You are like Nero while Rome burns.

      tim.brink.1238 - 2012-08-30 14:31

      Were you not the same who told us " to get on with it and accept E-Tolls" And this has no corruption, no inefficiency and has profited your ANC ilk? You are a HYPOCRITE.

  • arthur.marks.754 - 2012-08-30 14:28

    All these cANCer officials are All talk and NO action. Dis mos lekker op die Gravy Trein.

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-08-30 14:47

    Speak to your own cabinet and the boss ... Mr Z!

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-08-30 14:48

    Speak to the cabinet and your own boss Mr Z!

  • keith.gass.16 - 2012-08-30 15:56

    Where the political will and action? Talk is cheap

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-30 16:04

    Are we missing the point ? Are we so tolerant? After all , this so called corruption ( I call it theft) is done with our money and not theirs. It's THEFT gentlemen. Call it by its appropriate name p,ease

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-30 19:35

    Pravin, it is you and your colleagues and peers that have set this up and kept it in perpetual motion by never penalizing those guilty nor recovering the ill begotten gains amounting to RTrillions - not some mysterious murky 'thing called poverty' as some xhosa-nostra diehards like giqwa's like to write about! YOU have all created and sustained poverty by blackening society so badly and killing education

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-08-31 07:48

    LOOK AT THE municipality of johannesburg BECAUSE NOTHING IS HAPPENING

  • vusi.mlondo - 2012-08-31 10:03

    It would be great to hear what the Minister himself will do or is doing to stop corruption within his spheres of influence. Talking about it alone is not enough. Your views Minister, resonate, and are highly commended coming from someone of your stature, but the challenge is how do you and I go about it (at all levels). We would have a great country, honestly!

  • leon.nel.52 - 2012-08-31 11:35

    The only thing this scountry needs to do is tand and vote the corrupt ANC out.

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