The 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference
PRIVATE SECTOR AND GOVERNMENT CO-OPERATION IN CONDUCTING
INVESTIGATIONS AND OVERSIGHT
In South Africa the Government established in 1997 a body which is empowered by legislation to investigate corruption, fraud, etc. in the private sector. I am looking at the wider concept not corrupting the administration or the private sector.
Examples of such investigations could be:
This is the Special Investigation Unit of which I am the Head. I may be in the ideal situation to appoint independent bodies to protect the public and private sector against corruption and which enjoy the confidence of everybody and which have credibility.
In South Africa many investigative bodies are being established all the time in the private sector. Big firms of auditors have and are appointing investigators and lawyers and from the very nature of audit investigative features form part of their daily duties.
Investigating companies are established with a variety of expertise which is often absent in the Government Institutions. People with exceptional skills have left the public sector and have gone to the private sector.
The Special Investigating Unit I belong to consists of multidiscipline teams, and although I can appoint any experts, we do not have employees covering the whole spectrum of expertise. The criminal investigation units in South Africa are even much shorter of expertise and this is the position in many other countries.
The private sector has as much an obligation to fight corruption as the public sector.
We have used the following experts in the private sector to assist us in investigations:
In general, the capacity, of institutions appointed by the Government can be supplemented by the hard work and expertise of the public sector. The investigative skills of the media undercover corruption and they collect evidence which is made available to anti-corruption bodies. This leads to more transparency.
Both in the public and private sector there are hotlines and they are really hot because of the extensive use thereof.
Unobstructed and independent actions by anti-corruption bodies make them bodies to be reckoned with. Their credibility in the eyes of the public makes them invaluable in the fight against corruption. The public will not hesitate to co-operate with credible anti- corruption units.
JUDGE W H HEATH