- President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned his comrades that corruption will destroy the ANC
- The politician called his colleagues to action in the fight against what has become a scourge in South Africa
- Ramaphosa also urged the ANC to embrace unity and set factionalism aside
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued a few words of warning to his fellow ANC members.
Speaking during the Raymond Mhlaba memorial lecture over the weekend, the ruling party's leader commented:
“The unbridled contestation within our ranks for public resources and the graft that has become commonplace in many of our public institutions must present a great threat to the advancement of our national democratic revolution. These undermine economic and social development; they also erode democratic practices; they disempower our citizens and weaken the national liberation movement."
This scourge has been a challenge to deal with as the corrupt pursue influential positions:
“Corruption has also weakened the ANC and its allies, and if we do not do something about it, corruption will ultimately also destroy the ANC. We need to be taking steps to do this, and we are already seeing a lot of progress that we are making within our own ranks. This also calls for concerted efforts for structures and leaders in our movement."
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The severity of the situation has seen Ramaphosa urging members to reflect on their own behaviour:
“It requires that we examine our behaviour and act only in the interest of the people of South Africa. This means that we defend and embrace all the values that Oom Ray (Mhlaba) stood for and lived for. We must emulate the honesty, the humility, the discipline and the passion for the people that truly defined the way Oom Ray approached issues of leadership."
Briefly.co.za gathered that graft and state capture were obstacles to radical economic transformation in Ramaphosa's view.
Unity, at a time where the party seems divided, was also addressed by the president who pleaded for members to embrace it:
“Our Nasrec conference gave us a task to unite the ANC, and we must renew the ANC."
IOL reports that factions within the ruling party have been calling for Ramaphosa to be ousted from his post since the national general council later this year.
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