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South African public sector procurement and corruption: Inseparable twins?

Pandelani Harry Munzhedzi
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 10, No 1 | a197 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v10i1.197 | © 2016 Pandelani Harry Munzhedzi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 June 2015 | Published: 03 February 2016

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Pandelani Harry Munzhedzi, Department of Public Administration, University of Limpopo, South Africa

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The article seeks to explore the relationship between procurement in the public sector and corruption. Corruption in the procurement process is one of the biggest challenges facing the South Africa government. Procurement in the South African public sector through the tendering process has been used with a particular aim of addressing the past discriminatory practices and policies by empowering the previously disadvantaged majority. It ought to operate within a certain legislative and regulatory framework. However, the article argues that in the process of implementing the good intentions of the government, corruption illegitimises the process. There are also challenges that are associated with public sector procurement, with corruption being the main protagonist. The article also seeks to suggest possible solutions that could be used to address the anomalies. The article further concludes that the main reason for the rife corruption in the public sector is that there is nonadherence to policy prescripts including the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act 1 of 1999) and the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003). This enormous predicament may only be addressed if the government were to show will and commitment by punishing offenders who do not comply with the said legislative framework.


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