- The ANC has signalled how 'outraged and deeply embarrassed' by corruption allegations amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- Ace Magashule has noted an agreement by the party's NEC to fight graft relating to relief aimed at the crisis
- Alleged crimes involving ANC officials have made the party hang its head in shame says the secretary-general
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The ANC is 'outraged and deeply embarrassed' by allegations of corruption involving its members relating to Covid-19 relief measures.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has issued a statement following a national executive committee meeting, confirming an agreement to fight the graft within its ranks:
“The ANC is outraged and deeply embarrassed by recent allegations that some, including its own leaders and members, has sought to benefit unlawfully from the devastating suffering and impoverishment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. These developments cause us collectively to dip our heads in shame and to humble ourselves before the people."
As for the public's anger over the fortune spent on these failed initiatives, Magashule commented that:
“We acknowledge the justifiable public outrage caused by the depravity and heartlessness displayed by some elements in government, our organisation and the private sector."
READ ALSO: Report: Magashule's sons score nearly R3 million in Covid-19 tenders
The secretary-general made it clear that the alleged criminal activity is far from the party's values:
“We unequivocally condemn all forms of corruption, dishonesty and state capture involving the public and private sectors, including collusion, price-fixing, tender fraud, bribery, illicit financial flows, illegal imports and misuse of tax havens. We will comprehensively fight corruption, combining both prevention and punishment."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Magashule's two sons have managed to secure Covid-19 tenders with the Free State government.
The brothers were awarded contracts to the tune of around R2.7 million to provide the province with goods and services relating to the pandemic.
Magashule, despite serving as a Premier in the region, not only denies influencing his children's successful bid but also claims he had no idea that they had placed bids in the first place.
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