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Limpopo Office of the Premier embarks on Anti-Corruption Awareness Campaign

Elvis Tshikhudo

The Limpopo Office of the Premier embarked on an awareness campaign to promote whistle blowing or reporting of fraud and corruption activities. The South African Government has committed to confront corruption head on, and is making significant inroads in the fight against corruption.

 

In this regard government has adopted and implemented a Public Sector Anti-Corruption Strategy to prevent and combat corruption. This legislative framework includes the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (Act 12 of 2004), the Protected Disclosure Act, no. 26, of 2000, the Promotion of Access to Information Act no. 2 of 2000 and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, no. 3 of 2000.

According to Director for Risk Management Unit in the Office of the Premier Mr. Percy Masakona, A key strategy adopted by government to prevent and combat corruption is the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Hotline for the Public Service (NACH) in September 2004. It is an initiative of the South African Government aimed at promoting and encouraging reporting on corrupt practices.

One of the key obstacles faced in the fight against corruption is the fact that individuals are often too intimidated to speak out or “blow the whistle” on corrupt and unlawful activities they observe occurring in the workplace, despite being obliged to do so in terms of their conditions of employment as well as the Code of Conduct for the Public Service. Often those who do report corruption are victimised and intimidated, and have little recourse. However, callers to the NACH are guaranteed anonymity

The office has a responsibility of promoting mechanisms to report corruption hence the Anti-corruption awareness programme was developed. Amongst other things covered in the programme is using technological means such as Short Messaging System (SMS) and marking the Government vehicles.

The Director Risk Management Unit further indicated that the Provincial Communication Services assisted the process by design and funding of the awareness campaign, whereas GITO played a vital role in providing the SMS system. The Office spent R48 000.00 for the whole campaign.

Report any fraud and corruption at National Hotline 0800 701 701