Buhari leads AU’s fight against corruption on the continent

JOHANNESBURG – The African Union (AU) is focusing this week’s 30th summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on ‘Winning the fight against corruption: a sustainable path to Africa’s transformation’ – an issue close to the heart of South Africans.

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has been appointed to lead this fight after he based his 2015 presidential campaign on rooting out corruption in Nigeria.

“The AU has several instruments at its disposal to set norms and standards when it comes to corruption, notably the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) that came into effect in 2006,” said a consultant with Pretoria’s Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Liesl Louw-Vaudran.

“So far 38 countries have ratified the convention. Its implementation is supposed to be monitored by the AU Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC), which is also tasked with supporting member states in preventing and eradicating corruption,” Vaudran added, further pointing out that South Africa could be an example to the continent.

Corruption, an issue that has dogged the South African government and the rest of the country under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma was one of the deciding factors in the ANC’s electing Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president of the party in December. He is seen as the right man to root out corruption and take the country forward.

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