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Concerted efforts from the various sectors of the economy is needed to root out corruption from society, the Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Commision (ACC), Erna van der Merwe has said.

Van der Merwe made the remarks here on Friday during a consultative meeting on the development of an anti-corruption strategy with representatives from various government ministries, local; authorities and private sector.

The ACC Deputy Director said there is a great need for the various sectors of society such as the civil society, private sector, media and the general public to take on the fight against corruption as a unit.

She said the fight to rid the country of graft cannot be left to government and the ACC alone, as corruption often takes place at grassroots levels and often not detected early enough by these structures.

“A holistic approach is needed to fight against corruption, that is to say the government, private sector, civil society, the media, and the public at large control and most importantly prevent this social and economic menace,” she said.

Van der Merwe said despite being a signatory to various protocols and having ratified prominent instruments against corruption, corruption still eats away at the economic fibre of the country.

In this regard, Van der Merwe said, the ACC has introduced a National Anti-Corruption Strategy which will seek to encourage the participation of all levels of governance and the general public in the fight against corruption.

When finalised, the National Anti-Corruption Strategy will guide and coordinate the efforts of all the relevant stakeholders in the fight against graft.

The ACC will hold similar workshops, where participants are encouraged to come up with ways on how to best detect and tackle graft related issues, in the different regions of the country before the National Anti-Corruption Strategy can be finalised.

GOBABIS: Concerted efforts from the various sectors of the economy is needed to root out corruption from society, the Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Commision (ACC), Erna van der Merwe has said.

Van der Merwe made the remarks here on Friday during a consultative meeting on the development of an anti-corruption strategy with representatives from various government ministries, local authorities and the private sector.

The ACC Deputy Director said there is a great need for the various sectors of society such as the civil society, private sector, media and the general public to take on the fight against corruption as a unit.

She said the fight to rid the country of graft cannot be left to Government and the ACC alone, as corruption often takes place at grassroots levels and is often not detected early enough by these structures.

“A holistic approach is needed to fight against corruption, that is to say the government, private sector, civil society, the media, and the public at large control and most importantly, prevent this social and economic menace,” she said.

Van der Merwe said despite being a signatory to various protocols and having ratified prominent instruments against corruption, corruption still eats away at the economic fibre of the country.

In this regard, the ACC has introduced a National Anti-Corruption Strategy which will seek to encourage the participation of all levels of governance and the general public in the fight against corruption.

When finalised, the National Anti-Corruption Strategy will guide and coordinate the efforts of all the relevant stakeholders in the fight against graft.

The ACC will hold similar workshops, where participants are encouraged to come up with ways on how to best detect and tackle graft-related issues, in the different regions of the country before the National Anti-Corruption Strategy can be finalised.

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