However the Act can only go so far, the rest of the work must be done by 'white knights' who stand up and take responsibility for what is happening.
It is no good for anyone to sit and whinge-and-whine on the sidelines about corruption. Every sportsperson must be actively involved in ensuring that there is good governance at all times.
It is through sport that millions of people are taught the value of fair play, and the importance of abiding by the rules of the game and of ensuring a “level playing field”.
A failure of any sporting body to enshrine good governance and an ethical approach to doing business will be carried through into the rest of public life.
However, because public and private interests have a vested interest in sport, sport remains vulnerable to corruption and serious misconduct. Often those who speak out about such corruption are the first to be disposed of, and in my experience, the vast majority remain silent in case there are reprisals.
The only way to resist corruption is for members to remain forever vigilant and to have tools at their disposal in order to ensure that they have rights.
That is what the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act,No. 12 of 2004 attempts to do. The Act makes such corruption a crime, and allows people to go straight to a police station and lay criminal charges.
The Act provides an entire section that deals exclusively with sport. Such section is Section 15 which reads:
Offences in respect of corrupt activities relating to sporting events