Motlanthe: We need to prevent corruption

Deputy President says government should prevent corruption from happening.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Thursday government's role is not only to stop corruption, but to prevent it from happening.

Motlanthe was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Oscar and Rose Mpetha lecture at Stellenbosch University on Thursday evening.

The Mpetha's were anti-apartheid activists who made an important and historical contribution to the struggle for democratic change, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

He paid tribute to the pair for their role in establishing South Africa trade unions and fighting for democracy.

Motlanthe said one of government's main challenges is to now root out corruption.

"With government leading the charge to wage an all out war, not only to compact all vestiges of corruptions but prevent its emergence in the first place."

Motlanthe took the opportunity to highlight the dangers of a corrupt state.

"Corruptions amounts to a gross lack of capacious moral responsibility on some of those historically charged to pave the way for a human centred society."