The ANC stands as “accused no. 1 ”in the dock regarding corruption, says Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa in an internal letter sent to ANC members on Sunday.
In the letter, which Ramaphosa hopes will be a turning point, he does not turn a blind eye to the ANC’s share in corruption in South Africa.
“We must acknowledge that our movement, the ANC, is involved and continues to be in South Africa’s problem with corruption. We need to listen to the concerns that our people raise about our role as a movement in corrupt activities. ”
Ramaphosa acknowledges that leadership positions in the ANC are seen by some as a way to abuse their influence to award tenders. He elaborates on nepotism, where tenders are awarded to friends in exchange for benefits, on Covid-19 corruption and state capture.
He also acknowledges that a lack of discipline in the party to actively deal with these issues erodes the ethos of the ruling party.
According to Ramaphosa, the resolution adopted by the ANC at its national policy conference in 2017 – to eradicate corruption by root and branch – must now be applied urgently and effectively.
He also points out that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) decided to put its foot down after the public’s reaction to Covid-19 corruption.
“The time has come to act urgently, we must act decisively by showing clear political will. The time has come for the ANC to be steadfast and restore our values and ethics.
“Corruption has infected the state, undoing the gains of the past 26 years. While the current allegations about corruption in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic have brought this issue to the fore, the reality is that corruption in this country has far deeper roots. Apartheid was both morally and materially corrupt.”Ramaphosa
According to Ramaphosa, corruption must be tackled by enforcing the resolutions of the ANC’s policy conference on corruption.