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Johannesburg - A year in jail is not enough to deter corrupt public servants, Agang SA said on Monday.
“The proposed penalties, including dismissal and a year in jail for corrupt officials, are not sufficient to deter officials and politicians from breaking the law,” Agang SA said in a statement.
“The gains to be had from corrupt activity, which often run into tens of millions of rands, far outweigh the punishment.”
The plan to ban civil servants from doing business with government was a step in the right direction, but fell short of what was needed to show that the government was serious about fighting crime, the party said.
The Public Administration Management Bill requirement that government officials declare their business interests and those of their extended families to prevent any conflicts of interest, was in line with calls made by Agang SA.
“Agang SA believes that we need to raise the stakes in the fight against corruption in South Africa by calling for minimum 15-year sentences for corrupt criminals caught stealing from the South African people,” the party said.
Agang SA proposed some anti-corruption measures.
These included personal and professional liability for private sector executives found guilty of corruption; all government officials, starting with President Jacob Zuma, make their earnings public; and the establishment of a national register of public servants convicted of corruption.