…cor­rupt peo­ple will be stran­gu­lated (ba­tokhanywa)

Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - By Alec Lushaba Editor

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.

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