9 December 2012

South Africa: North West Determined to Root Out Corruption

Pretoria — North West Premier Thandi Modise has vowed that her government will not hesitate to implement all strategies to fight corruption in order to have clean governance in the province.

Speaking at the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day, held at Mpheqeke stadium in Kanana township near Orkney over the weekend, Modise warned that those who were involved in corrupt activities would have no place to hide.

International Anti-Corruption Day is a United Nations Office on Drugs- endorsed initiative, held annually on December 9.

According to the agency, the tide on corruption was turning, and there were signs of growing intolerance towards corruption. More politicians and chief executives were being tried and convicted around the world.

Modise said the provincial government had resolved to act to uproot corruption.

"We are not playing; we are going after them. We [will] fight corruption without any fear or favour and we will not be bought, dissuaded or succumb to pressure not to pursue those who are plundering resources that are meant to improve the lives of our people," she cautioned.

She said there were senior people in government who had already felt the heat and some were still in hot water due to corruption in their departments and municipalities.

"There are senior managers in government who have been fired due to corruption and we will continue to suspend and fire those who are being caught in corrupt activities, irrespective of the positions at all levels of government."

Modise also urged community members to report any form of corruption.

The North West Provincial Anti-Corruption Forum chairperson, Bishop Matebesi, said the forum supported the call by the Premier to fire anyone who was found guilty of corruption within government.

Gosiame Seatlholo, from the North West House of Traditional Leaders,0 said that the time to talk about corruption was over and it was now time to deal strictly with those who were "not prepared to listen".

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