n Journal of Public Administration - Corruption and service delivery in the public service : the case of Limpopo province




This article addresses the subject of corruption and how it impacts on effective service delivery with specific reference to the Limpopo Provincial Government. The primary reason for concern about corruption is that it reduces public trust and confidence in the integrity and impartiality of elected representatives (political office bearers and public officials). The different categories of corruption identified and explained are those related to conflicts of interest which include using inside knowledge and influence, self-dealing, misusing government property, outside employment, post employment, gift-giving traditions, entertainment and personal conduct. The identification and determination of the measures for combating corruption ensure that public functionaries serve members of the public in an equitable and impartial manner. Measures for combating corruption include the Office of the Auditor-General, the Public Service Commission, the Public Protector, the Internal Audit Services (Limpopo Province) and the Fraud and Corruption Unit (Limpopo Province). To effectively combat unethical conduct such as corruption, government should implement the recommendations of these oversight bodies. Failure to implement their recommendations damages the image of government as the promoter of ethical values.


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