- President Cyril Ramaphosa has used his address at the United Nations to reveal his plan to prosecute corrupt government officials
- Ramaphosa told world leaders that he was personally committed to cleaning up the civil service in South Africa
- The president added that his administration was focused on cleaning up state and private institutions
President Cyril Ramaphosa has tried to reassure foreign investors that his administration was working hard to combat corruption in the civil service and state institutions. Ramaphosa used his address at the United Nations (UN) to reveal his plan to prosecute corrupt government officials.
Ramaphosa said cleaning up the civil service and government institutions was a project to which he was personally deeply committed. He said this effort was aimed at boosting investor confidence in South Africa which would, in turn, lead to economic growth.
During a questions and answers session at the UN’s Council for Foreign Relations Ramaphosa said the South African criminal justice system would be extremely active in the coming months as those responsible for corruption face the full might of the law.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa said his administration was focused on cleaning up both the public and private sectors and would go to extreme lengths to ensure South Africa becomes a beacon of accountability.
Citizen.co.za reported that Ramaphosa said the government had discovered large-scale corruption in the private sector which has cost the South African economy billions in lost pension funds and other schemes.
Ramaphosa said a major focal point for his administration was restructuring governmental departments and repositioning state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to make valuable contributions to the economy rather being a drain on the government’s already limited budget.
The president once again reaffirmed his commitment to transform South Africa into an attractive investment destination for both foreign and local investors.
Ramaphosa said his goal was to have a South Africa which was performing like a well-tuned machine. He said this would help ensure that the battered economy starts growing at a pace which will allow for all the people of the country to prosper.
Local political experts said Ramaphosa’s speech served as a kind of warning to world leaders to expect the president to take action against those implicated in state capture and corruption even if those people are currently in high-ranking leadership positions.
Andre Duvenhage said it might also present Ramaphosa with the perfect opportunity to purge the ANC of those who are still loyal to former president Jacob Zuma and still present a danger to Ramaphosa’s leadership of the ruling party.
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