- An 'unforgivable betrayal' is how Cyril Ramaphosa has described Covid-19 corruption in SA
- The nation's President admitted that the ANC is undeniably implicated when it comes to SA's graft issues
- The ruling party, in his opinion, is 'Accused No. 1' at the height of outrage over relief scandals
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has described Covid-19 corruption as an 'unforgivable betrayal' amid the crisis that is the pandemic.
Ramaphosa released a letter issued to the ANC saying that the ruling party remains deeply implicated when it comes to SA's corruption.
The real victims at the moment, explained Ramaphosa, are the millions of citizens affected by the virus:
“What has caused the greatest outrage is that there are private sector companies and individuals (including civil servants) who have exploited a grave medical, social and economic crisis to wrongfully enrich themselves. This is an unforgivable betrayal for the millions of South Africans who are being negatively affected by the impact of COVID-19, experiencing hunger daily, hopelessness and joblessness.”
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Ramaphosa claims that the numerous corruption allegations against party members have caused the ANC to feel great shame:
“It said these developments cause us ‘collectively to dip our heads in shame and to humble ourselves before the people’. The NEC recognised that it had a clear mandate from the 54th National Conference to deal decisively with corruption and to restore the integrity and values of the ANC. It said this is a responsibility it cannot defer, outsource or avoid. Now is the time, the NEC has resolved, to make a break with the past and to act.”
The President says that the ANC has decided to 'draw a line in the sand' when it comes to graft:
“As the NEC has determined, we now need to draw a line in the sand. We need to act urgently; we need to be decisive and we need to demonstrate a clear political will. The time has come for the ANC to be unflinching in restoring the values, ethics and standing of our organisation."
Describing the party as 'Accused No. 1' when it comes to this kind of crime, Ramaphosa continued to say:
“Our deeds must, always, match our words. We cannot as the ANC rightfully call ourselves leaders of society if we fail to lead the people in eradicating corruption from our own ranks.”
The ANC was called on to confront this seemingly rampant issue and live up to the legacy left behind by so many veterans:
“As the inheritors of the legacy of Luthuli, Tambo and Mandela, we must be honest with our people and ourselves. We must acknowledge that our movement, the African National Congress, has been and remains deeply implicated in South Africa’s corruption problem. We have to be sensitive to the concerns that are being raised by our people about our role as a movement in corrupt activities.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Special Investigating Unit has now been tasked with investigating the ever-growing mountain of corruption allegations connected to Covid-19 relief funding.
This comes shortly after the SA Revenue Service revealed that companies registered as car washes and even pubs managed to score lucrative Personal Protective Equipment tenders with the government.
Despite Ramaphosa's apparent commitment to this issue, more details of the corruption taking place on his watch are expected to emerge in coming weeks.
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