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South African Officials Hamstrung by Graft Rules, Momoniat Says

Cyril Ramaphosa has said that tackling corruption is a top priority, including tightening up on procurement processes.

Cyril Ramaphosa has said that tackling corruption is a top priority, including tightening up on procurement processes.

Photographer: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

South Africa needs to review the way it is tackling corruption to ensure it doesn’t impede officials from delivering services and doing their jobs, according to the acting head of the National Treasury. 

The current approach is geared toward implementing overly restrictive rules, rather than agreeing on a set of principles to determine how money is spent, Ismail Momoniat said in a speech on Tuesday. The country should consider making it illegal for public office bearers to be involved in procurement, he said.