Reluctance of whistleblowers impacts ACC efficiency: Van der Merwe

11 Jun 2019 18:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 11 JUN (NAMPA) - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) faces challenges of a lack of information and insufficient gathering of evidence, which hinders the eradication of corruption.
According to ACC Deputy Director-General, Advocate Erna van der Merwe, people’s attitude towards corruption also impacts the efficiency and effectiveness of the commission’s operations.
“Tolerating corruption is but one example of the careless attitude of Namibians,” she said while speaking during the ACC’s annual media briefing here on Tuesday.
She added that the reluctance of government offices, ministries and agencies (OMAs) to assist the commission with supporting documents for cases reported to them, is another stumbling block.
“The same goes, however, for the private sector, where some institutions such as mines are hesitant to come forth with evidence.”
Van der Merwe additionally expressed concern at the fact that OMAs, especially in the Erongo Region, still do not adhere to the Public Procurement Act to address corruption.
“This practice harms fair competition and also the survival of SMEs, a sector which Namibia needs to empower for future economic growth,” she noted.
Van der Merwe said the devastating consequences of corruption on the global economy could continue for many more years.
She however called on every Namibian citizen to join the fight against corruption as she said it is not the responsibility and duty of the ACC alone to do so.