Views from Southern Africa Namibia have generally been viewed as a well-governed country since its independence from South Africa in 1990.
According to recent work on anti-corruption systems in Southern Africa by OSISA, and despite attempts to minimise corruption, some laws in Namibia have shielded public servants from prosecution and have resulted in loopholes around ethical state practices. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), established in 2003, initially had strong public support, yet perceptions of corruption in the country have steadily increased, according to Transparency International.
The intimate relations between politics and money, the numerous legal loopholes and inconsistencies between Namibia’s domestic law and the regional and international conventions it has signed, as well as the general lack of political will, continue to place serious constraints on the country’s fight against corruption. There are many parallels evident with South Africa and other African countries.
The discussion will focus on how Namibia is faring on the anti-corruption front, as we hear the views of Mr Graham Hopwood, director of Namibia’s foremost think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research. His presentation will be responded to by Mr Jeggan Grey-Johnson, of the Open Society’s Africa Regional Office, who has been instrumental in the AU adopting anti-corruption as its 2018 theme, and Ms Leanne Govindsamy from Corruption Watch, with comparisons to South Africa’s situation.
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