Ramaphosa’s new anti-corruption council to improve public trust

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday appointed nine members drawn from civil society, academia, business and labour to a National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (Nacac) aiming to prevent fraudulent activity and improve investor confidence and public trust. The council will serve a three-year tenure effective 1 September 2022.

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The presidency noted that the diversity of the council reflects an understanding that corruption takes on many forms in all sectors of society and that prevention, detection and consequence management require an inclusive and collective effort.

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“We have, over a number of years, witnessed the varied impacts of corruption on our public and private sectors. This damage exposed systemic failure as well as shortcomings in personal ethics and commitment to the country,” said Ramaphosa.

Professor Firoz Cachalia and Inkosikazi Mhlauli will serve as chair and deputy chair of the council, respectively. Other council members include:

  • Kavisha Pillay
  • David Harris Lewis
  • Nkosana Dolopi
  • Barbara Schreiner
  • Nokuzola Gloria Khumalo
  • Sekoetlane Phamodi
  • Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki

The new council will advise the president and government on preventative measures, institutional capabilities and resources required to curb the recurrence of state capture.

It is expected to engage with ministers who play a significant executive oversight role on key legislative and policy mandate areas related to combating corruption.

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It will also advise on the effective implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2020-2030 by government, civil society and the private sector and further interact with sectoral stakeholders including faith-based organisations to aid the country’s anti-corruption agenda.

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“The council will enjoy the support of the vast majority of South Africans, who are honest and law-abiding and want our country to succeed. The council will be a source of concern only to those whose days, for undermining our development and prosperity, are numbered,” added Ramaphosa.

Nondumiso Lehutso is a Moneyweb intern.

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