Citizens protest service delivery, corruption as #VoetsekANC trends

- Another Friday sees #VoetsekANC trending on social media once again

- The hashtag has become a regular activity to lament the lack of service delivery while corruption reigns

- The ruling party's reputation has suffered from misconduct during the Covid-19 pandemic

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South African citizens have once again engaged in a virtual protest against the ruling party with #VoetsekANC trending early on Friday morning.

One of the most common complaints is that nearly three decades into democracy, the nation still lacks the basics such as access to water and electricity and decent schooling.

Many feel that the party romances the nation ahead of national elections only to fail dismally to produce the results once the ink has dried on the ballot papers.

With Heritage Day celebrations over, many citizens snubbed President Cyril Ramaphosa's call to participate in the Jerusalema Challenge.

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One citizen, Unathi Kwaza, explained why they felt the call by the nation's leader had added insult to injury:

"The audacity of Cyril Ramaphosa telling people to dance while he has done nothing but screw this country since he took over from Zuma. Even more during the lockdown.Tsek #VoetsekANC."

Another South African, identified as Trevor X, also weighed in with his opinion on the situation:

"We were promised convictions in September. We were promised looters would "step aside." We were promised a new dawn. Instead, we received a "New Normal" marked by a curfew, huge unemployment and government endorsed barbarism. #VoetsekANC."

Corruption during the Covid-19 pandemic was also in the spotlight, with many viewing the response to the crisis as a veil for further looting of government funds.

Numerous investigations are underway into allegations of graft from everything from food parcels to personal protective equipment.

Even Ramaphosa's office has been hit by a scandal involving corruption during this sensitive time in SA's history.

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that his spokesperson, Khusela Diko, had been forced to take a step back after it emerged that her husband had scored tenders worth millions.

The scandal had seen Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku also prompted to step aside after his close ties to the Diko family emerged.

While citizens battle with unemployment and an economy trembling from the fallout of a lengthy lockdown, resentment over state officials lining their pockets is rife.

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