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Nene: Corruption thrives when good governance fails

Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says citizens play a vital role in holding public servants accountable.

FILE: Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says citizens play a vital role in holding public servants accountable, and maintaining healthy institutions.

Nene was speaking at the Management College of South Africa in Auckland Park during the launch of a new program.

The former minister said that good governance was important for a democracy and when this failed, corruption thrived.

“A society of sheep gets leadership of wolves.”

Nene said that the National Development Plan outlined three pillars for it to be a success, one of which was an active citizenry.

“It’s a thriving business, a professional public service and an active citizen.”

Nene said that the protection of the country's institutions cannot be left to politicians alone.

“Whatever that doesn’t work in our society, we’re all complacent and we find ourselves having played a role for it to succeed.”

South African Local Government Association (Salga) President Parks Tau added his voice, saying that there needed to be a new calibre of public servant, one that acted with professionalism and treated governance like they would a business.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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