- Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul says that corruption is crippling governance in his province
- The ANC provincial chair is adamant that the ruling party should become honest about the situation
- Saul appears to be cracking whips behind those under his leadership after realising the extent of the task at hand
Dr Zamani Saul has called for the African National Congress to become truthful about corruption.
The SABC reports that the Premier had addressed the matter during a local state summit in De Aar:
“In the provincial government there is corruption there, that is a fact and the people of South Africa especially here in the Northern Cape have become sensitive around issues of corruption. As the ANC, cadres of the movement and deployees of the ANC we should lead the charge against corruption. It shouldn’t be an issue of the opposition parties.”
Saul revealed that the Democratic Alliance could take over in the region, warning the ANC against failing to improve governance in municipalities.
With R624 million in irregular expenditure in the region, Saul blasted those who failed to serve their communities:
“You get into the municipality, you meet the mayor who is the political leader of the municipality this guy is just a complete joke. He does not know where he wants to take the municipality to, he does not care to share the vision, he does not care about any form of control over the affairs of the municipality.”
With only one municipality managing to obtain a clean audit, many were called out and told to shape up or ship out.
Sol Plaatje Mayor Patrick Mabilo, leader of one of the embattled municipalities, commented:
“The premier has just given us the marching order. We have no alternative but to accelerate service delivery and the summit will assist us to look at our internal challenges and come with a comprehensive program to address them."
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