PRINCESS SIKHANYISO, THULI TO FIGHT CORRUPTION
…corrupt people will be strangulated (batokhanywa)
Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has appointed Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Minister Princess Sikhanyiso into the Cabinet Committee on Corruption Prevention.
The committee, headed by Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Pholile Shakantu, is one of the four broad committees to deal with specific issues concerning economic recovery announced by the Prime Minister last week.
The other two members of the committee are Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Thuli Dladla and Minister of Agriculture Jabulani ‘Buy Cash’ Mabuza.
Dladla, whilst serving in the Ninth and 10th Parliament’s created a name for herself for being a no-nonsense Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee, dealing with abuses of government resources as reported by the Auditor General.
If Princess Sikhanyiso’s Sibaya presentation is anything to go by, then anyone who is involved in corruption would curse the day they were born.
The princess called for kukhanywa (strangulation) of any person who is involved in corruption. She called for government to be vigilant when dealing with corruption and stated that it was her desire that people be vetted.
She said no one should be spared, because the country finds itself in this position because some people have either misappropriated/looted money or failed to enforce controls and, therefore, must pay it back.
The princess said in dealing with the corrupt, the country must set an example that would serve as deterrent to would-be offenders.
Meanwhile, Mabuza while presenting at Sibaya said if principled and people with integrity were in leadership, it will be easy to deal with corruption.
“When people of high integrity talk against corruption, it becomes easy to deal with it,” he said.
Prime Minister Mandvulo Dlamini, in appointing this committee and three others, is following on his plans to put the country back on a path to economic recovery.
Talking on corruption at Sibaya, he called for a strong government that would apply zero tolerance to corruption.
“We have now spoken a lot on corruption and it is time we have corruption free leaders. People who speak against corruption must be upright. He called for the strengthening of the Anti-Corruption Commission which will have teeth to bite and be decisive,” he said then before his appointment as PM.
The PM said this committee is tasked with developing and implementing a policy of zero tolerance to corruption in government.
“It will investigate government policies, procedures and social issues that promote corrupt practices in the country with a view to eliminate all laws and programmes that breed corruption,” the Prime Minister said when announcing the committee.
TO FIGHT CORRUPTION: ICT Minister Princess Sikhanyiso and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Thuli Dladla.