- DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has set his sights on President Cyril Ramaphosa
- The opposition head told the nation's leader that citizens are tired of his 'empty gestures' and want action
- Steenhuisen says the country wants to see crooked politicians swapping their luxury clothes for orange overalls, not committees
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Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has weighed in on the establishment of a committee to probe allegations of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steenhuisen, like many citizens, was left unimpressed by the idea of ministers looking into crimes committed under their rule.
In a scathing post to social media, Steenhuisen called President Cyril Ramaphosa out over the move:
"Mr President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africans are tired of empty gestures and feeble attempts at placating them. They want to see action from you."
READ ALSO: Covid-19 corruption: Ramaphosa appoints committee to probe allegations
The opposition leader continued, saying that citizens don't want another committee investigating allegations of corruption taking place in their own ranks:
"They want to see dirty cadres swap their luxury clothing brands and German SUVs for orange overalls and prison beds - not committees."
Take a look at a few reactions to Steenhuisen's opinion below:
@daniel_peters11: "Higher borrowing was a necessary response to the coronavirus crisis but corrupt ANC top officials took advantage of the crisis & scammed the entire country. Fraudulence & scam are serious criminal offences and these thugs must get new orange overall suits, just like other thugs!"
@seandupont: "Mr Steenhuisen make a post with a suggestion of a better way instead of pointing out the errors of others tell us why you'd do better... Oh wait you haven't done that like... Ever"
@imax220v: "African National Corruption investigating African National Corruption? I don't think it would work. There is no honour amongst thieves. There is no discipline, integrity, morals or self-respect in African National Corruption. That's why #ANCMustFall #VoetsekANC"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that this committee will be chaired by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and will deal with all allegations of graft concerning procurement of Personal Protective Equipment and other state responses to the crisis.
Lamola will be joined by Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Police Minister Bheki Cele, Public Service Minister Senzo Mchunu and COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Ramaphosa has appointed a committee comprising of ministers to probe Covid-19 corruption allegations.
In a letter addressed to SA's ministers, Ramaphosa requested full cooperation in rooting out irregularities in the procurement of emergency relief:
"In this regard, I request your full cooperation in providing all information related to names of companies and amounts of tenders and contracts that have been awarded in your respective departments (and entities) during the period of Covid-19 and National State of Disaster."
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