Calls for anti-corruption body welcomed

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pretoria - The Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, has welcomed proposals for the establishment of an independent agency to investigate corruption - but cautioned such an initiative should be within the framework of the law.

This comes after the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) made the call this week for the establishment of an independent body to investigate acts of corruption.

Chabane, who chairs the Anti-Corruption Inter-Ministerial Committee, said government welcomed any initiative by any sector of society which would help rid the country of the scourge of corruption. 

"Government has prioritised the fight against corruption as one of the five priorities. Government further remains committed to fight corruption and continues to have confidence in institutions of state charged with the responsibility to fight corruption," he said.

Government further called on all South Africans who have any information that can assist in the fight against corruption to submit such information to the relevant institutions.