Mahikeng – “Fraud and corruption pose a serious threat to human and economic development as it creates instability in public institutions and goes a long way in undermining the rule of law, democratic values and society at large”.
This was said by North West Premier, Prof. Tebogo Job Mokgoro during the AntiCorruption and Ethics Road Show hosted in Madibeng Local Municipality to commemorate the Fraud Awareness Week aimed at highlighting the effects of fraud and corruption.
Premier Mokgoro who interacted with residents of Brits and Letlhabile in the AntiCorruption and Ethics Road Show and distributed anti-fraud and corruption messages, said the living condition of our people will never improve if we allow fraud and corruption to flourish in our public institutions.
“The effects of rampant fraudulent behaviour and corruption by those that have been given the mandate and task of overlooking public institutions leads to poor service delivery, inefficient use of allocated resources and negatively affects the standard of living of the people who are meant to receive quality basic and life improving services” remarked.
Stakeholders who were part of the roadshow included Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – The Haws and the Special Investigating Unit SIU.
Premier Mokgoro believes that if the government and the public embark on a continuous fight against scourge of fraud and corruption, it will assist to safeguard business and economy, and ensure improved service delivery to our communities.
“Fraud and corruption have become one of the biggest hindrances to economic and social development, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and more specifically, post- liberation African states for the last 50 years, if not more. Africans who have been on the receiving end of corrupt governments have been the hardest hit because of economic decline, lack of basic services and misappropriation of allocated funds because fraud and corruption have the ability to weaken the same social and economic foundations on which growth is dependent” added Premier Mokgoro.
With systems that have been put in place towards the end of the 5th administration last year in North West Provincial Government departments and in Public Entities; Premier Mokgoro believes it will curb and eventually end fraudulent and corrupt practices in government.
He has urged communities to partner with government and report incidents of fraud and corruption to relevant bodies, as part of our efforts to root out the scourge of fraud and corruption, once for all from our midst.
Issued by the Office of the Premier
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