“Those who see the ANC as a path to wealth, to power, to influence or status must know that they do not belong in our movement. They must change their ways or they must leave.”
In a letter to the African National Congress, its president Cyril Ramaphosa says the party should publicly disassociate itself from anyone accused of corruption.
This letter follows the stigma caused by the recent allegations of fraud and corruption allegedly by members of the ANC for looting billions of Covid-19 funds in PPE contracts.
“I write this letter to you, my fellow ANC member, as our movement and our country face one of the greatest challenges since the advent of democracy.
I am sure that you are aware that across the nation there is a sense of anger and disillusionment at reports of corruption in our response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This anger is understandable and justified. In recent weeks, we have heard stories of tenders for personal protective equipment that have been given to individuals associated with ANC leaders and of public servants flouting the law in issuing tenders.
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.”
Ramaphosa vowed to fulfill the promise he made when he campaigned for the party’s presidency ahead of the 54th national conference in 2017 to deal with and ultimately end corruption which has seemingly flourished under his watch.
He urged ANC members to have the “courage” and “honesty” to acknowledge that some of its leaders, public representatives and members have “on numerous occasions” been implicated in some form of corruption.
READ THE FULL LETTER RAMAPHOSA SENT TO THE ANC ON CORRUPTION
Ramaphosa said that in order to win back the public’s trust, the party will have to stop giving positions to people who face corruption charges.
Ramaphosa also wants the ANC leaders to make “regular declaration of financial interests” and undergo lifestyle audits.
“We cannot and must not have a ‘we don’t care’, and ‘it does not matter what people say about the ANC’ attitude. We must be sensitive to what our people think and say about the ANC and our behaviour because we are their servants,” .Ramaphosa said