- Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says South Africans should not forget the C-word, corruption according to Gordhan, is still happening
- Gordhan also called for the slogan ‘Pay Back the Money’ to be brought back
- He called on South Africans to report fraud and corruption in both the private and public sectors and said money illicitly gained should be recovered
Pravin Gordhan has one of the toughest jobs in South Africa, he has been tasked with stabilising South Africa’s failing State-owned enterprises (SOE’s). Gordhan has over his career built a reputation as South Africa’s Mr Fix-it.
As part of his unenviable task, Gordhan said South Africans should not forget the C-word. “Corruption is still happening. It hasn’t gone yet and there’s a lot more to do to change both the public and private sector cultures so that we can fully say that we’ve stemmed the tide,” he said.
Gordhan was speaking at the Ahmed Kathrada Tribute on Wednesday night held at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Gordhan also called for the slogan ‘Pay Back the Money’ to be brought back into the popular consciousness. He said money which had been illicitly gained should be recovered within the next 18 months.
Gordhan said technology and cooperation between government agencies meant it was possible to trace money which had been looted.
He said recovered money should be used in a constructive manner which would benefit all South Africans and continued to build on the democratic process.
Gordhan urged South Africans to report fraud and corruption in both the private and public sector in order to eradicate this kind of behaviour. He said any director or found to have behaved in a corrupt manner should be blacklisted so they could never serve on the board of another company
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