New unit to fight corruption in public service

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pretoria - An Anti-Corruption Unit, expected to be launched at the end of this month, will focus on a coherent approach that embraces elements of prevention, detection and combating of corruption in the public service.

The unit is part of the Public Service Anti-Corruption Strategy, which seeks to improve lines to report wrong-doing, as well as to protect whistleblowers and witnesses, Public Service Minister Richard Baloyi said on Wednesday.

The new unit will operate in collaboration with existing institutions such as the Special Investigative Unit, Auditor-General, Public Service Commission and National Treasury.

Baloyi said in the National Assembly that the unit will prohibit corrupt activities by individuals and businesses; improve management policies and practices; ensure the management of professional ethics as well as create awareness, educate and train public servants.

Meanwhile, the minister has welcomed the newly appointed Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo.

Baloyi was confident that Dlodlo possesses a set of skills, experiences and qualifications which will add value in the advancement of the vision for the portfolio of Public Service and Administration.

"Dlodlo joins the portfolio at a time when we have just signed a Delivery Agreement on Outcome 12 for an efficient, effective and development-orientated public service. We are confident that the Deputy Minister will be central in how we realign our processes within the public service," said Baloyi.

Dlodlo's appointment follows her tenure as Parliamentary Counselor in the Presidency. She has also served as Secretary-General of Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association until her appointment to Parliament after the 2009 national elections.

She takes over from Roy Padayachie, who has been appointed as the Minister of Communications.

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