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Govt taking 'decisive steps' to clamp down on corruption

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday introduced the e-tender initiative.

President Jacob Zuma flanked by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas outside Tuynhuys after the Budget Speech on 25 February 2015. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch says government has taken decisive steps to clamp down on corruption by putting stricter monitoring measures in place.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday introduced the e-tender initiative.

This will see all state tenders being electronically entered into a central portal.

It will enable firms to be more efficient as paper-based transactions are reduced or eliminated, facilitating for a more speedy exchange of information.

It's aimed at rooting out graft when it comes to awarding tenders.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis says, "He was going to centralise the procurement of certain products like textbooks that have proved incredibly controversial and corrupted in the past and then the fact that he was going to decentralise, which is in a sense where it already is, refurbishments to schools"