ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR FINANCE
arrest for corruption of the Director of Finance of the Eastern Cape, one of the
most senior officials in that province, must come as an embarrassing shock to
When a senior Government official is arrested for theft and cheque fraud
involving at least
R 400 000, serious questions must be asked. If this is the example that senior
leaders in Government set, how can we expect their subordinates to act
differently? We must face up to the fact that corruption is endemic and
widespread throughout the public service. It seems that hardly a day goes by
without a senior official being exposed for involvement in corruption. This is
the fifth corruption case revealed in this week alone!
The Public Finance Management Act is a step in the right direction to ensure
accountability at all levels of Government, but without proper implementation,
and on its own, it will not solve the problem of corruption in the public
service. At least two more elements are required.
Firstly, the UDM calls again on Government to ensure that enabling legislation
is passed immediately to ensure that public accounts committees, at all levels
of Government, are empowered to properly scrutinise the financial management of
Secondly, the Deputy President of the country admitted in response to a
supplementary question asked in Parliament by the UDM that Government has no
corruption measuring mechanism. We call on Government to immediately institute
such a mechanism, not only to measure the scale and frequency of corruption but
also to track the investigation, prosecution and successful punishment of
corrupt officials. Government must make examples of corrupt officials.
Only through regular and thorough scrutiny will we eradicate corruption and
establish an "esprit de corps", which the Batho Pele motto so
beautifully captures, to ensure real and timely delivery of services.
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Finance
11 June 2000