Madonsela says Covid-19 corruption has cost SA money, lives as trust

Madonsela says Covid-19 corruption has cost SA money, lives as trust

- Thuli Madonsela did not go as far to say SA democracy is on life support but it is in the emergency room

- Corruption scandals have rocked the country resulting in public trust in the government being seriously eroded

- Madonsela cautioned that our democracy is in trouble and is very fragile at the moment

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Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has spoken out again on the topic of corruption in South Africa. This time she is focusing on the recent looting spree of the Covid-19 relief fund.

She says that the country has lost money, lives and public trust due to corruption.

Madonsela spoke at an online rally which was raising awareness of the fight against corruption on Friday night. The rally was organised by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation according to News24.

"Trust was already in the emergency room in this democracy. When we talked about the new dawn, that was a period that that trust was being renewed. We are back in the emergency room that makes our democracy fragile."
"Corruption is a threat to all of us. The outcomes of corruption are death, Thunder and anger and democratic fragility," said Madeonsela.

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Birefly.co.za learned that she warned that the corruption surrounding the procurement of PPE's was eroding public trust and many were blaming and government and President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"What saddens me is that everyone blames the president. Yes, of course, he is the captain, but he allowed himself to be barricaded by his own ministers. He was advised by his ministers who moved him away from the Disaster Management Act and created a structure, mostly allowing one party yo manage this crucial economy of this country."
"I think the president will do himself a favour and return to the Disaster Management Act framework and take away the monopoly from his colleagues," said Madonsela.

Madonsela says Covid-19 corruption has cost SA money, lives as trust

President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing fierce criticism for the looting of the Covid-19 relief fund. Photo credit: Facebook/Cyril Ramaphosa
Source: Facebook

Madonsela was concerned that businesses who do not operate with the PPE field were securing tenders, such as bakeries.

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zandile Gumede's appointment to the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has caused a widespread outcry from opposition parties and the public. She will be rewarded with a R1.1 million salary.

Gumede is facing criminal charges relating to alleged tender fraud and had been removed as eThekwini mayor last year. Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has broken her silence on the appointment.

In an interview with eNCA she said that the appointment was a promotion. She believed that an internal investigation should have taken place while the criminal investigation is ongoing.

In other news, an East London businessman, Odwa KK Matshaya, who has been dead for two years was the recipient of an Eastern Cape PPE tender contract valued at R992,105.

His family were shocked to see his name on the list of 600 companies which were awarded contracts under the R1.2 billion Covid-19 procurement scheme.

Matshaya was the sole member of 2KS Construction and Projects. Adding to confusion other Eastern Cape businessmen have said that their companies had been awarded tenders but they had not received contracts from the health department.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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