There can be little doubt of the seriousness of corruption for any country, but more so for countries in the developing world. Not only is corruption ethically and morally deplorable, but it also wastes money which could have been put to much better use. According to the BBC, corruption in Africa is estimated at a staggering US$148 billion*
In South Africa, like most countries, evidence and signs of corruption are everywhere. Left unchallenged, it is our view that corruption will get to a certain level where it becomes impossible to put a stop to it. Once it becomes an acceptable way of doing business and, in fact, becomes a "way of life", it will just grow unhampered.
It is therefore important to try and stop corruption in its lifecycle as early as possible, or, more realistically, curb the growth as soon as possible.
We are of the opinion that corruption must be fought on mainly three fronts, namely, on the Government front, on the business front and on civil society front. Rules, Acts and Corporate Governance guidelines are necessary but not sufficient. Unless individuals decide for themselves that corruption is unacceptable, there is little chance of winning the fight.
We believe that the citizens of South Africa must adopt a zero tolerance towards corruption. This will, hopefully, encourage individuals to refrain from taking part in corrupt practices and make corrupt officials think twice before engaging in corruption.
This company was established to mobilise the citizens of South Africa to denounce and deplore the phenomenon of corruption. It plans to do it by making citizens acutely aware of corrupt practices and by giving as much publicity as possible to incidences of corruption. It realises that corruption features in newspapers and magazines on a regular basis but that it wants to take such publicity to a higher level. It also wishes to work closely with other organisations fighting corruption, including agencies of the State.
Essentially, what this NGO is trying to do is to, in the short term, influence the behaviour of ordinary citizens towards corrupt practices and, in the longer term, to influence the morality of society in a positive way. Corrupt practises are performed by one or more individuals. It takes place on a personal level where a conscious decision must be taken to say "No".
We believe that this is a worthy cause to pursue. It is for the good of the country and for the good of every single citizen in this country. The challenge is huge. Success is not guaranteed, yet, "…Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)..Board of Patrons
The board of Patrons consists of high profile South African citizens who have an unblemished record of being ethical and outspoken against corruption. The Board is currently being established and will be published soon.Advisory Board
A panel of advisors consisting of experts in particular fields advises the Management on matters relevant to the company. The Board is currently being established and will be published soon.Board of Directors
Prof Ronel Rensburg (Picture and short CV)
Prof David Taylor (Picture and short CV)
Dr Johan van Loggerenberg (Picture and short CV)
Dr Johan van Loggerenberg
Prof David Taylor
To contribute meaningfully to create and sustain a corruption intolerant society in South Africa.Mission
To curb the growth of corruption in South Africa by encouraging citizens to adopt a zero-tolerance towards corrupt practices.Legal status
The company has been registered as a Section 21 company. It aims to attract funding through membership fees, donations and sponsorships, and to apply such funding to achieve its objectives.Location
The company will have it offices in Pretoria but it is likely that offices in other main cities will be created over time.
The company limits its scope to the Republic of South Africa, sponsors excluded.
* BBC, Africa Corruption Crisis, 17 Feb 2006.