Those responsible for corruption and the looting of COVID-19 relief fund will be prosecuted and most importantly, they’ll be made to repay the money.
President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to bring the culprits to account while speaking at the National Union of Mineworkers Gala Dinner at Unisa in Pretoria.
The university had earlier conferred honorary doctorates on former NUM leaders Elijah Barayi and James Motlatsi.
Ramaphosa said South Africans need to unite in order to deal with challenges depressing the country during a deadly global pandemic.
He said, “we are going through challenging times as our nation. This is the most challenging time for the South African nation and for the African National Congress as well. This is a time that calls for all of us to work together.
“We’ve got economic challenges, we’ve got social challenges and we’ve got our own organisational challenges within our organization. And this is the time now when all of us need to work together.”
Ramaphosa said the country’s resources should be directed at fighting poverty, inequality, unemployment and addressing economic growth but corruption is derailing all these efforts.
“This is the time, comrades when we rebuild our country from the ashes of State Capture.”
The president urged NUM members, leaders and South Africans in general to emulate the selfless values espoused by James Motlatsi and the late Elijah Barayi.
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