South Africa’s fight against corruption in its Public Procurement Process

By Johan LeGrange and Odette Coetzee, Of Counsels in the Diaz Reus South Africa office.

Section 217 (1) of the Constitution of South Africa provides for procurement, and that when an organ of state in the national, provincial or the local sphere of government, or any other institution identified in national legislation, contracts for goods or services, it must do
so in accordance with a system which is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective.
Corruption and related corrupt activities undermine the said principles, endanger the stability and security of societies, undermine the institutions and values of democracy and ethical values and morality, jeopardize sustainable development, the rule of law and the credibility of governments, and provide a breeding ground for organized crime.