- Lindiwe Zulu has made it clear that her department's doors are 'wide open' to investigations into Covid-19 corruption
- This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that graft would be harshly punished after allegations of relief funds being looted surfaced
- The Social Development Minister told Parliament that she is on a mission to tackle corruption in her department
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says her department's doors are 'wide open' to corruption investigations.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday, saying that there would be 'severe' consequences for those found guilty of looting Covid-19 funds.
Amongst the issued touched on during this speech, Ramaphosa noted issues with the distribution of food parcels and social relief grants.
Delivering her adjusted budget speech in the National Assembly, Zulu weighed in:
"Let's deal with corruption. Whether it is in the ANC, it shall be dealt with. It is a two-way street and that is why the president addressed the nation on this matter. I am determined now more than ever to assist the authorised institutions to thoroughly, and without impediments, investigate all and every wrongdoing. Those who should face the full wrath of the law, should do so."
The minister also revealed that the government is considering numerous options in order to continue providing a basic income grant amid high unemployment rates:
"We consider multiple ways to extend the social protection coverage to those aged 18 to 59 years in the period beyond October 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic is bringing back the discussion about the basic income grant. The lack of social protection coverage for this group calls for an acceleration of efforts to put in place an inclusive and responsive social security system that we envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP). Discussions are currently in the early stages."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa said a 'coordinating centre' has been established to reinforce efforts between law enforcement agencies and to help investigate corruption allegations. These allegations relate to social relief grants, the procurement of personal protective equipment and the distribution of food parcels.
The president revealed, without going into details, that 36 cases are currently at an advanced stage of investigation.
This coordinating hub is based at the Financial Intelligence Centre and sees nine state institutions brought together.
This includes the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Hawks, the South African Revenue Service, the State Security Agency and the Special Investigations Unit.
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