South Africa-Society-Corruption

New lease on life for S/Africa's anti-corruption forum, says minister

APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

The revival of South Africa's National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) will enable the country to develop new strategies to fight the scourge of corruption, South African Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba has said.

The deputy minister was speaking in Pretoria on Friday during a special meeting convened by Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi to revive the NACF after five years of dormancy.

“Corruption is a cancer that eats the fibre of society and morality in general. So the revival of the NACF will enable us to bring new strategies to fight the scourge of corruption in our country,” the deputy minister said.

She added: “As government, the business community, faith-based organisations and the private sector, we must put all our efforts into making sure that we deal with this elephant in the room which is corruption.”

According to her, corruption limited the economic development of countries in general and this has been proved scientifically.

In addition, Letsatsi-Duba said, corruption increased the level of poverty, unemployment and it further made it impossible for governments to realise their strategic objective of improving the people lives.

Some representatives at the meeting challenged non-governmental organisations not to turn a blind eye or keep quiet about corrupt activities in the private sector.

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