- Cosatu has called on the government to fire all ministers, MECs and other public officials entangled in corruption allegations
- The labour federation says that if the state is serious about graft it must take swift action to nip it in the bud
- This comes after the ANC expressed its shame and embarrassment over Covid-19 corruption allegations
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Cosatu has called on the government to take serious action to prove it is serious about taking on corruption.
The ANC ally has demanded that all ministers, MECs and public officials involved in corruption must be fired and legal prosecution against them fast-tracked.
Cosatu says that politicians and their relatives should be totally banned from obtaining tenders in addition to the procurement of personal protective equipment to be done through National Treasury.
The labour federation's parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks issued a strongly-worded statement on the situation:
“Government must now show leadership. The mass anarchy that has come to characterise governance in South Africa must end, millions of workers’ lives and jobs depend upon it.”
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In the group's view the government needs to act swiftly to fight corruption by eliminating loopholes in the tender system:
“Government needs to move with speed to halt the rot in the procurement of PPEs and send a message to the public that it is serious about tackling the cancer of corruption. The state must immediately, centralise the public procurement of PPE for the entire state under National Treasury; only award PPE procurement contracts to local and legally compliant manufacturers."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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."
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