n Journal of Public Administration - Developing an anti-corruption strategy for the South African public sector

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Despite the existence of numerous policy frameworks pertinent to fraud and corruption in the South Africa's public sector, the statistics and reports of corrupt activities in the government of South Africa remain epidemic. The enactment of pieces of legislation such as the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, to mention but a few augured a positive turning point in corruption after the advent of democracy. However, amid those legislative ramifications, little positive results have been recorded almost twenty years into the democratic dispensation. Due to what appears to be legislative deficiency and inadequacy of investigation agencies such as the Special Investigation Unit, The Public Protector and other oversight bodies, corruption continues to emasculate public accountability leading to a continuous subversion of public interests for personal gains. This paper will hypothetically envisage that corruption is by its disposition and definition, a very extensive phenomenon. Consequently, legislation on financial management, supply chain management or referential procurement may not be sufficient to cover all aspects of such a complex and abstract practice. At the same breath, legislations such as the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act and others are developed at a macro level and often do not address the step-by-step mechanisms of dealing with corrupt activities. Over and above legislation and at least implementation thereof, there remains a huge need for a specific, correctly pitched and relevant strategy or what other scholars call a programme dealing with corruption. The main aim of this paper is therefore to determine the development of an anti-corruption strategy which will be effective in addressing corruption and fraud in the public sphere. This will include the structural and discourse make-up of such a strategy and how this can become a panacea in a rejuvenated fight against the scourge of corruption in South Africa.

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