No place for cor­rup­tion in SA

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South Africa must fight cor­rup­tion, fraud and col­lu­sion in the pri­vate sec­tor with the same pur­pose and in­ten­sity, said Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa. “We will make sure that we deal with both in an ef­fec­tive man­ner.”

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa urged pro­fes­sional bod­ies and reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion against mem­bers who are found to have acted im­prop­erly and un­eth­i­cally.

“This re­quires that we strengthen law en­force­ment in­sti­tu­tions and that we shield them from ex­ter­nal in­ter­fer­ence or ma­nip­u­la­tion.”

Adding that gov­ern­ment will ur­gently at­tend to the lead­er­ship is­sues at the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity to en­sure that this crit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion is sta­bilised and able to per­form its man­date.

“We will also take steps to sta­bilise and strengthen vi­tal in­sti­tu­tions like the South African Rev­enue Ser­vice.”

He said tax moral­ity is de­pen­dent on an im­plicit con­tract be­tween tax­pay­ers and gov­ern­ment that state spend­ing pro­vides value for money and is free from cor­rup­tion.

The Pres­i­dent will ap­point a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Gov­er­nance of SARS, to en­sure that cred­i­bil­ity is re­stored along with en­sur­ing that the rev­enue meets its rev­enue targets.

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