ANC puts fo­cus on fight­ing cor­rup­tion

The Star Late Edition - - NATION - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

THE ANC has put the fight against cor­rup­tion at the cen­tre of its man­i­festo as it goes into cam­paign-mode be­fore May’s gen­eral elec­tions.

In its man­i­festo, launched in Dur­ban on Sat­ur­day, the party 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 crack­ing down on cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture.

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

The party also said it would ac­tively pro­mote the 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 strength­en­ing law-en­force­ment agen­cies, over­sight in Par­lia­ment and leg­is­la­tures and help­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties 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 the im­ple­men­ta­tion of life­style au­dits and strengthen leg­is­la­tion bar­ring civil ser­vants from do­ing busi­ness with the state.

While de­liv­er­ing the Jan­uary 8 state­ment, Ramaphosa said the ANC would in­ten­sify its fight against cor­rup­tion in the 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 added that 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 said.

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 a strength­en­ing of in­ter­ven­tion in the gov­er­nance of state-owned en­ti­ties and se­cu­rity agen­cies.

Ramaphosa noted that some civil ser­vants’ in­dif­fer­ence to the needs of cit­i­zens had led to a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the qual­ity of ser­vices ren­dered.

“Civil 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.”

Sup­port­ers sing dur­ing the launch of the ANC’s elec­tion man­i­festo in Dur­ban. African News Agency (ANA) | REUTERS

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