- The former Tshwane mayor has admitted that the ANC allowed corruption to flourish
- However, he said he was hopeful that the party could self-correct
- Nevertheless, representatives of the DA and EFF blasted his comments
Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the former mayor of Tshwane, has said that corruption thrived under ANC governance.
He made the comment at a political debate at Auckland Park on Tuesday.
Various other political parties, including the DA and EFF, agreed that corruption was one of the main reasons for Gauteng's current problems - which have resulted in various service delivery protests in recent weeks.
While Ramokgopa admitted that the ANC had often engaged in corruption, he was optimistic that the party could change its course. He said that the leadership changes at the 2017 Nasrec conference would reduce government corruption, for example.
He also cited the various commissions of inquiry as evidence that the ANC was serious about examining itself and fixing its own issues.
However, some of the representatives of the other parties at the event took issue with what Ramokgopa said.
Mandisa Mashego, the EFF's Gauteng chairperson, blasted Ramokgopa for priding the ANC on the fact that it was working on addressing issues that it had created, according to City Press.
The DA's Solly Msimanga agreed, saying that ANC leadership of Gauteng had actually deteriorated since the Nasrec conference.
Msimanga added that the ANC could not be trusted to lead the province responsibly, Briefly.co.za learned.
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