Following the launch of the ANC’s election manifesto this weekend the Democratic Alliance has expressed its view that the ruling party is not committed to tackling corruption. The party released how it intends to tackle the issue, should they emerge victorious from the 2019 elections
The Democratic Alliance was not impressed with the launch of the African National Congress’ election manifesto, saying that the party is not taking corruption seriously.
The manifesto had promised to end state capture and restore the credibility of state-owned entities as well as tackling corruption.
In a statement released on Sunday, Phumzile Van Damme the spokesperson for the party said:
“While these promises are all good and well, it is evident that the ANC chooses to gloss over its role in corruption which has had a devastating effect on the provision of services to our people,”
The Democratic Alliance pointed out that the ANC is incapable of self-correcting because they themselves eroded good governance and destroyed institutions.
The opposition party promised that corruption within the government led by themselves would be punished with a 15-year prison sentence.
How will the DA fight corruption?
The party released highlights from its plan to end corruption:
- Establishing an independent unit dedicated to identifying, fighting and prosecuting corruption.
- Ensuring the payment of all public money is transparent.
- Bringing in direct elections for all political office holders so that the South African people can hold their president, premiers and mayors directly accountable.
- Implementing regular lifestyle audits for all politicians and government officials.
- Protecting and encouraging ‘whistleblowers’ who identify and report on corrupt activities
Van Damme concluded the statement saying:
“The people of South Africa deserve a government which provides services and keeps them safe, not one which robs them of their futures,”
The ruling party’s broken promises
Jacques Julius, DA spokesperson on immigration, said that the manifesto had been full of empty promises and did little to offer solutions to the countries border and immigration issues.
Julius revealed that he spent the last six months visiting border posts and engaging with officials to determine the daily challenges facing the country.
“During these inspections, the DA uncovered a number of issues including: illegal cross border trading; alleged social grant fraud; poor military patrolling and hijacking syndicates,”
President Cyril Ramaphosa had told supporters that the ANC would work with other countries to ensure “there are incentives created for immigrants to stay in the borders of their own country".
The DA noted that the manifesto failed to engage with the public on the state of Home Affairs as well as the absence of support from the SANDF ( SA National Defence Force)
“The DHA has no systems to accurately determine the number of undocumented immigrants in the country. When I spoke to SANDF officials off the record, they complained about being under-resourced and it emerged that there may be law enforcement individuals who are working with the syndicates, making it difficult to police these crimes,”
The party plans to strengthen the nation’s borders by:
- Arresting, detaining and deporting those who repeatedly enter our country illegally.
- Ensuring undocumented immigrants are regularised (establish a temporary or provisional arrangement to become citizens) or assisted in leaving the country if they do not meet the criteria for remaining in the country.
- Strengthening our border posts. Through proper control and order, we can create corruption-free and effective border security and control.
- Eradicating the corruption and inefficiency endemic to Home Affairs.
- Together with the push to secure our borders and regularise migrants, the DA says it is committed to assisting, supporting and caring for legitimate refugees and asylum seekers, as well as attracting foreign nationals with scarce skills to South Africa to help us grow our economy and create jobs.
“The ANC is incapable of ensuring law and order in the country. A change in leadership is needed and only the DA has a plan to control immigration and secure our borders,”
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