- The EFF is unimpressed after learning that ministers will form the committee exploring allegations of Covid-19 corruption
- The Red Berets want to know how the ministers are going to 'investigate themselves'
- The party has called for the tender system to be abolished adamant it is the only way to end this kind of corruption
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The Economic Freedom Fighters are not impressed at the committee appointed to deal with allegations of corruption relating to the procurement of Covid-19 relief goods and services.
In a statement released following the announcement, the Red Berets signalled their disapproval over ministers being handed this sensitive task:
"Such a decision is a waste of time, irrational and a clear sign of lack of leadership that characterise Cyril Ramaphosa and the whole Cabinet."
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The party claimed that the ministers themselves are those being accused of looting the funds allocated to deal with the crisis:
"The Executive is the one that is being accused of corruption, wrongdoing, maladministration and negligence and they, therefore, cannot be the same people who are investigating themselves."
The EFF insists that the entire effort is nothing but a PR exercise aimed at 'misleading the people of SA that government is fighting corruption'.
The party further commented that it had warned of the impended looting spree way ahead of time, saying that:
"The EFF warned about the looting spree that started at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The reality is that ministers are at the core of Covid-19 funds looting through a web of front companies meant to hide this truth and cannot investigate any alleged corruption when they are the ones who should be investigated."
The party has now called for the tender system to be abolished completely, the only way to put an end to corruption relating to government contracts:
"Until then, ministers of the ruling party want to steal and investigate themselves, their spouses, children and friends while our frontline healthcare workers are dying because they do not have PPEs. This is a clear case of a fox investigating why chickens are missing."
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 appointed the 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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