Dr H C van Schalkwyk (DA) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
(1) How does the newly established Anti-Corruption Unit intend to turn around the image of corruption in the public service;
(2) whether the unit has specialised human resource capacity to carry out its mandate; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps will be taken to solve the specialised human resource problem; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3) whether the unit has formulated its policy and strategic plan; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will it be formulated; if so, which particular corrupt practices have been prioritised? NW2362E
(1)The Special Anti-Corruption Unit intends to forge partnerships with all agencies and institutions mandated to fight corruption in the Republic of South Africa, to ensure the effective management of discipline in the public service. From a policy perspective.
(2)Yes, however we acknowledge that the current specialized human resources capacity is not sufficient. In addressing the capacity challenges, the Special Anti-Corruption Unit obtained five senior investigators from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) through an assignment arrangement.
(3) The Special Anti Corruption Unit is currently located under the Governance and International Relations Branch of the Department of Public Service and Administration and therefore the strategic plan of the department is applicable.
A feasibility study was conducted to ascertain which institutional option will be best suited for the unit to deliver effectively on its mandate. The feasibility study consists of an institutional option assessment, legislative mandate assessment, business case, governance and financial arrangement, organizational structure and recommendations.
The unit intends to focus primarily on corruption related misconduct arising from conflict of interest, abuse of power, financial misconduct such as mismanagement and abuse of government funds, fraud and bribery.