Ramaphosa holds ANC’s feet to the fire over “devastating” corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa is often criticised for being too soft when dealing with corruption in the ANC.

On Sunday he answered his critics.

In a brutally tough letter to the ANC, he described the “devastating” corruption that the party has given SA.

He said the anger in SA over the coronavirus PPE corruption is an “unforgivable betrayal” of South Africans.

He said:

  • “We must acknowledge that our movement, the African National Congress, remains deeply implicated in SA’s corruption problem”
  • “Today, the ANC and its leaders stand accused of corruption. The ANC may not stand alone in the dark, but it does stand as Accused No. 1”
  • ANC appointees in government had, over the past 26 years, used their positions to enrich themselves, and that South Africans see “how principles and processes are corrupted for personal gain”
  • ANC leaders had “literally [taken] food out of the mouths of the poor” during the pandemic
  • “On a hugely different scale, but with the same effect, is the capture of state institutions by public interests facilitated by politicians and officials at the highest level”.

Ramaphosa recommended a range of measures to fight back, including:

  • A new hotline, specifically for corruption related to Covid-19
  • Make ANC leaders do lifestyle audits and declare their financial interests
  • Beef up the ANC’s Integrity Commission

The full seven page letter is here