In a really interesting article entitled “South Africa needs to establish an anti-corruption agency”, Cobus de Swardt and Chantal Uwimana of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation, argue for the establishment of such an agency and for laws that prevent those holding public office from benefiting from business dealings with government.
The Direct Democracy Forum endorse the latter with enthusiasm but would argue that we mostly already have the mechanisms for dealing with corruption. We just don’t have the necessary laws nor the political will to enforce them.
The DDF have previously argued that the NPA should be a Chapter 9 institution (Chapter 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa), which will afford them the same constitutional protection as the Public Protector enjoys, and that it should also have it’s own investigations division, a situation we came very close to with the advent of the Scorpions and lost with their disbandment, and that these two (maybe three) bodies together, would have the autonomy the authority and the professional expertise needed to to successfully detect, investigate and prosecute corruption in whatever form it manifests itself in S.A..
What we are short of are clear and unambiguous laws that make corruption a criminal offence and prohibit it’s more obvious and perhaps even less obvious manifestations, which we see in the daily relationships between politics and business and even between business and business, at all levels in South Africa, and render prosecution for these offenses obligatory and punishment severe and inescapable. That would curb the seeming free-for-all attitude toward corrupt practices.
A DDF administration will make all of these goals achievable through the application of DDF policies.
The buck stops at the ballot box