Public procurement, tendering and corruption : realities, challenges and tangible solutions

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Peer-Reviewed Research
  • SDG 16
  • Abstract:

    This article analyses a number of key elements and processes of the procurement and tendering systems in the South African public service systematically, with the emphasis on a number of key processes, risk management, and anti-corruption systems and initiatives. The article starts with some definitions and a brief analysis of the existing legislative framework, and briefly examines the functions and importance of budgetary control in procurement management, as well as the different categories of tenders in South Africa and their particularities. Tender processes are outlined in this context, in relation to various forms of corruption in the public sector. The roles that systems, risk management imperatives and procurement management can play in combating corruption are discussed as shields against fraud, collusion, extortion and similar corrupt activities. In response to recent examples where procurement practices led to corruption in South Africa’s national and provincial departments, the article provides a tangible plan that supplements the preceding analysis and outlines monitoring and evaluation procurement procedures that could be implemented as a serious weapon to combat corruption. The discussion concludes that the most crucial element in combating corruption in South Africa is political will.