Weed­ing out graft in pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor a pri­or­ity – ANC

Cape Times - - NATION - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA [email protected] CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ANC pres­i­dent Agency (ANA) | African News

THE rul­ing party has iden­ti­fied weed­ing out of cor­rup­tion in both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor as some of its pri­or­i­ties in its elec­tion man­i­festo.

The man­i­festo was launched in Dur­ban on Satur­day dur­ing the party’s Jan­uary 8 cel­e­bra­tions.

The ANC said cor­rup­tion had neg­a­tive con­se­quences for the econ­omy and so­ci­ety.

“Eth­i­cal and moral lead­er­ship in the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor will be crit­i­cal if our col­lec­tive fight against cor­rup­tion is to suc­ceed,” reads the man­i­festo.

The ANC said it was com­mit­ted to con­sol­i­dat­ing its re­solve to crack down on cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture.

“We will com­pre­hen­sively fight cor­rup­tion, com­bin­ing both pre­ven­tion and pun­ish­ment.”

The party also said it would ac­tively pro­mote a cul­ture of in­tegrity through­out the state, so­ci­ety and within it­self.

“We will en­sure that lead­ers and mem­bers of the ANC and broader move­ment and those en­trusted with pub­lic re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are un­cor­rupted, hon­est and self-dis­ci­plined with clear val­ues who can re­sist moral pres­sures.

“We will not tol­er­ate prac­tices that harm the pub­lic in­ter­est.” The ANC, un­der Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, has set up var­i­ous com­mis­sions, and in­sti­tuted in­ves­ti­ga­tions, over the past year.

The party also com­mit­ted to strengthen law en­force­ment agen­cies, over­sight in Par­lia­ment and leg­is­la­tures and sup­port­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to im­prove fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, ser­vice pro­vi­sion and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance.

The ANC said it would strengthen the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem to re­cover stolen pub­lic money, speed up im­ple­men­ta­tion of life­style au­dits and strengthen leg­is­la­tion bar­ring pub­lic ser­vants from do­ing busi­ness with the state.

De­liv­er­ing the Jan­uary 8 State­ment, Ramaphosa said the ANC would in­ten­sify the fight against cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment, in the ANC and across so­ci­ety.

“Mem­bers of the ANC, work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties and var­i­ous sec­tors of so­ci­ety, should ex­pose cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture, un­der­stand­ing that our ef­forts will be met with re­sis­tance by those who are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of these prac­tices,” Ramaphosa said.

He said they would also ex­pose cor­rup­tion in the pri­vate sec­tor.

“There should be nowhere to hide for those who steal from our peo­ple; no mat­ter who they are or what po­si­tions they oc­cupy,” he added.

On pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, the gov­ern­ing party said it would con­tinue im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures to safe­guard the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary.

In­sti­tu­tions sup­port­ing democ­racy would be sup­ported and pro­vided with re­sources.

There would be strength­en­ing of in­ter­ven­tion in gover­nance of sta­te­owned en­ti­ties and se­cu­rity agen­cies.

Ramaphosa noted that there were some pub­lic ser­vants whose in­dif­fer­ence to the needs and con­cerns of cit­i­zens has led to a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the qual­ity of ser­vices and as­sis­tance ren­dered.

“Pub­lic ser­vants must serve the peo­ple of our coun­try with com­mit­ment, dili­gence, hu­mil­ity, re­spect and hon­esty and make sure that they are ef­fec­tive agents of trans­for­ma­tion.”

Mean­while, the ANC said it would make two years of early child­hood de­vel­op­ment com­pul­sory for all chil­dren.

“We will ex­tend the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion to in­clude pro­vi­sion and mon­i­tor­ing of early child­hood,” reads the man­i­festo.

The party said it would ap­point qual­i­fied teach­ers, de­velop their skills and en­force ac­count­abil­ity.

It also said it would re­place in­ad­e­quate school build­ings and san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

There should be nowhere to hide for those steal­ing from our peo­ple; no mat­ter who they are or the po­si­tions they oc­cupy

and ANC lead­ers.” Ramaphosa said that while this was a dif­fi­cult task, the party re­mained res­o­lute in its ef­forts to stamp out de­viant and ab­hor­rent prac­tices.

| African News Agency (ANA)

REV­EREND Olga Dlamini, left; first lady Dr Tshepo Mot­sepe with Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa; Rev­erend Roger Scholtz; Zandile Gumede, eThek­wini mayor and Bishop Linda Mandindi at an elec­tions prayer hosted by the Methodist Church of South­ern Africa at the Dur­ban Ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre, yes­ter­day. |

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa ad­dresses con­gre­gants at the Dur­ban Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. | BONGANI MBATHA

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