- President Cyril Ramaphosa wants South Africa to unite in the fight against corruption
- Speaking during the funeral of late struggle veteran John Nkadimeng, Ramaphosa expressed the desire to restore the public's faith in the government
- The president insists that the struggles of Nkadimeng and his comrades cannot be in vain
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the nation to unite under the banner of fighting corruption.
Speaking during the funeral of John Nkadimeng and others who fought for the future of SA, Ramaphosa said this fight couldn't have been in vain.
The president condemned those who used state power to enrich themselves, saying that faith in the government needs to be restored:
"We must work together to rid our society of the scourge of cronyism and corruption. It is of the gravest concern that we are confronted with the misdeeds of those abusing the access to political and state power to enrich themselves. Day by day, we learn more about the actions of thieving looting and corruption. Day by day, the trust of our people is eroded."
Corruption has been a hot topic in South Africa after reports of politicians and their families benefiting from Covid-19 relief funds begun surfacing.
Citizens had been sceptical when the R500 billion fund was announced by Ramaphosa in light of the crisis and these reports have done immense damage to the ANC's already-fragile reputation.
Ramaphosa's decision to establish a ministerial task team to probe allegations of graft relating to the relief funding has also been met with fierce criticism.
Briefly.co.za reported that UDM leader Bantu Holomisa had been adamant that the ANC cannot 'investigate itself':
"We cannot expect the ANC to investigate itself. These people are contaminated. The whole body is contaminated. Right now, we are not getting answers."
Holomisa called for the entire executive to resign in the wake of these allegations:
"The current executive, members of the government should resign with immediate effect, especially after they announced that they will set aside an amount of R500 billion to deal with the pandemic."
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