Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

Ramaphosa under pressure to make public SIU report on Covid corruption

The DA says people within an outside government enriched themselves and the elite around them, and If the President is serious about tackling corruption, he must know that transparency, accountability and full disclosure is the best antidote.

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it rejects the “attempt by President Cyril Ramaphosa to censor” the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into Covid corruption.

“We see this move by the President for what it is – a blatant attempt to hide the true extent of how the ANC looted Covid relief funding meant to keep South Africans safe and healthy during this global pandemic.”

DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has called for “full transparency” and demanded that the SIU report be “made public in its entirety.”

LISTEN: DA interim leader John Steenhuisen on SIU Covid corruption report.

Steenhuisen said South Africans have made massive sacrifices during this pandemic.

“Not only due to the Coronavirus, but also due to the corruption in Covid procurement which resulted in poor quality personal protective equipment, a lack of adequate medical resources, stolen and delayed food parcels and long-overdue UIF Ters payments.”

President Ramaphosa, the DA said, “has no right to try and hide the corruption which happened under his watch, and in some cases even under his very nose.”

“President Ramaphosa is again proving how weak he is in tackling ANC corruption, and that he is already making excuses to not expose his party fully.”

South Africa’s biggest opposition party added that it will not stand for the President’s two sets of standards.

Also on thesouthafrican.com: SIU report: Long list of all government departments under investigation

COSATU joins the chorus

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is also calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to make public the SIU report on coronavirus (COVID-19) related corruption.

The federation participated in a #OrangeMaskFriday campaign picket against COVID-19 corruption organised by the Ahmed Kathrada foundation on Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.

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The picket, which included organisations from the faith-based sector, business and labour is part of a series of activities by civil society against COVID-19 corruption.

During his nation address on Wednesday, Ramaphosa confirmed that he had received the SIU’s first interim report, detailing the progress of its investigations in all provinces and in some national departments as well as other entities.

Cosatu’s Thabo Mahlangu said they are demanding transparency and accountability.

“All those who’ve been found to be corrupt should be prosecuted, punished and sent to jail wearing the orange overall, we are also calling upon all citizens of the country to stand up against corruption and we call for the President to make sure that the report he received he must make it public and as he said he is drawing the line in the sand, we want to see that in action not only in theory.”

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