- Unscrupulous individuals have not been stopped even by the pandemic in their looting sprees and South Africans are fed up
- The hashtag #FightBackForSouthAfrica began trending on Twitter on Monday morning as the public expressed their dissatisfaction with recent events
- Even Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni lashed out over the stolen funds
The culture of looting and corruption seems to be entrenched in South African politics and the public has had enough. The hashtag #FightBackForSouthAfrica began trending on Twitter on Monday morning.
This comes after a plethora of looting reports around the Covid-19 pandemic relief funds. Even Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni is fed up. Mboweni could no longer keep quiet as he wrote a series of tweets lashing out over the stolen funds.
Mboweni issued a reminder that a tender was an ethical contract and not a blank cheque to deceive and steal.
Last week during his address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he had signed a proclamation to empower the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to clamp down on corruption involving Covid-19 funds.
Ramaphosa said there already 36 investigations underway, which included overpricing of procurement and fake NGOs.
Fed-up South Africans took to Twitter to slam the corruption that has been happening right before their eyes.
One user even suggested a new party as there seems to be no alternative to the ANC.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Asset Forfeiture Unit has announced that the bank accounts of a man suspected of defrauding the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) have been frozen.
Nearly R700 000 meant for employees of a Durban-based company was allegedly funnelled into Thokozani Mchunu's bank account.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said it is alleged that an amount of R692 185.55 was fraudulently, or mistakenly, paid into a bank account in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, which is registered in Mchunu's name.
In mid-April, the company successfully applied to the Covid-19 relief fund to obtain R692 185.55 for over 150 employees. However, in mid-June the UIF was informed by the company that the funds had not reached the correct bank account.
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