Cosatu has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to act decisively against corruption

The Citizen reports that trade union federation Cosatu has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to act decisively against corruption. This came as a litany of reports surfaced highlighting corruption in emergency procurement amid the Covid-19 state of disaster – some linked to senior ANC leaders. “The ANC under his leadership continues to be seen as a rent-seeking, unaccountable caste. He needs to honour his commitments made to the people of South Africa and prove that his promises were not just meaningless platitudes of a politician during the vote harvesting season,” Cosatu said.

The labour movement said Ramaphosa had to do an honest introspection and recognise that his administration was facing an “existential crises”. Cosatu’s Solly Phetoe said Ramaphosa must take action against those who were shown to be corrupt in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and Eskom. “When Ramaphosa was elected he made a public statement to deal with corruption. We are calling [on] him to take action,” he said. The Cosatu statement added: “We want to remind him that he made a solid commitment to the nation that he was going to champion the fight against corruption in the build-up to Nasrec. He promised to do away with the impunity that was prevalent in the previous administration. We demand more action from the president and less banalities and clichés.” Phetoe said corruption regarding PPE have a direct consequence for workers on the frontline.

by News24 Wire


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