- South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, told crowds at his last campaign rally that no corruption within the ANC and the government will not be tolerated moving forward
- He went on to acknowledge that those who benefitted from corruption previously will be reluctant when it comes to being held accountable
- Ramaphosa admitted that the road to a government without corruption is long but he is ready for SA to enter the “era of consequence management”
President Cyril Ramaphosa had some rousing words for his final address before the 8 May Elections recently, where he told South Africans that the government of the country will be held accountable for corruption.
According to the Mail & Guardian, Ramaphosa described the importance of this year’s elections, telling South Africans that they will need to choose “growth over decline” at the upcoming polls.
The ANC has recently experienced a great deal of criticism after sharing their potential MP candidate list, which featured some dubious characters who have been implicated in corruption and state capture.
At the final address before the elections by Ramaphosa, it seems that the SA President has this criticism in mind.
“Those found guilty of corruption and state capture will not be allowed to occupy positions of power in ANC, government or Parliament… The time for impunity is over. It is now a period of accountability of consequence management,” Ramaphosa firmly said.
Ramaphosa also wisely admitted that he knew there would be pushback from certain MPs if such a hard-ball approach will be taken regarding corruption.
“The road ahead is long still much to be done. Expect resistance from those implicated but let there be no doubt that those responsible will be held to account because we have to restore the rule of law,” The SA president cautioned.
One of the ways in which Ramaphosa assured this would be achieved is by insuring the independence of police prosecutors, so that these entities may act “without fear and favour”.
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