ANC leader pledges to restore credibility after graft scandals
CAPE TOWN: The new head of South Africa’s ruling ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, pledged on Saturday to “restore the credibility” of the party after a spate of corruption scandals involving President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma was replaced as party chief by his deputy Ramaphosa in December, with the new leader facing an uphill task to recover public support for Africa’s oldest liberation movement ahead of elections in 2019.
“We must restore the integrity and credibility of the ANC,” said Ramaphosa, 65, in his irst major address to the party at a rally for the African National Congress’s 106th anniversary celebrations.
“The movement has become deeply divided through factionalism, patronage, corruption and competition for resources,” said the former trade unionist who led talks to end white-minority rule in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire businessman before returning to politics.
“We are going to confront corruption,” he said, pledging that “the investigation and prosecution of those responsible (for manipulating the state machinery for their own ends) will be given top priority.”
The graft-tainted Zuma also attended the meeting and drew whistles from the crowd.
This week Zuma announced a probe into top-level corruption after parliament said it would deliberate on procedures for impeachment.
Corruptionallegationshavetarnished Zuma’s image and eroded his support base, with the beleaguered leader facing growing pressure to resign before his presidential term ends next year.
Back in 2014, Zuma failed to abide by recommendations made by the anticorruption watchdog over $15 million (12.5 million euros) of taxpayer-funded refurbishments at his home in the eastern Kwazulu-natal province.