Speaker, since being voted into office in 1994 to lead this country out of the racist and inhumane apartheid system, the ANC-led government has insured that it has implemented many measures to deal with corruption. While some of the elite has selective amnesia and forget that chronic capitalism and corruption were firmly entrenched in the apartheid government - and this is well documented - the ANC government has since ratified six international agreements dealing with corruption.
Some of these are the UN Convention against Corruption, the AU Convention on Prevention and Combating of Corruption and the SADC Protocol against Corruption. In addition, there are several existing institutions whose mandate is to fight corruption, such as the SA Police Service, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks, the Special Investigating Unit and the Asset Forfeiture Unit.
We also have the Office of the Public Protector and of the Auditor-General, the Financial Intelligence Centre, the Anti-Corruption Task Team and the special commercial crimes prosecutors of the NPA, the National Treasury Initiative and the Special Anti-Corruption Unit for the Public Service.
These did not exist under the apartheid regime and shows the commitment of the ANC government to dealing with corruption decisively in all its manifestations. Recognising that corruption is a cancer in our society, we call on the public, political parties, government, business and civil society to work together and establish a culture opposed to corruption. [Applause.]