ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says the organization plans to strengthen the party’s integrity commission in 2021 in order to enable it to act decisively against corruption and wrongdoing within its ranks.
Ramaphosa was delivering the party’s January 8th statement as the ANC celebrated its 109th birthday virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He reiterated that every member accused of corruption must account to the Integrity Commission, adding that if such a member then faces disciplinary action, they must voluntarily step aside or face suspension.
“We reiterate, as resolved by the National Conference, that any member accused of or reported to be involved in corrupt practices should account to the Integrity Committee immediately or face disciplinary processes,” said Ramaphosa.
“Members who fail to give an acceptable explanation or to voluntarily step aside while they face disciplinary processes, investigative or prosecutorial processes will be summarily suspended. The NEC will soon finalise guidelines on the implementation of these resolutions it is only if we stand united against corruption that we can restore the integrity of our movement.”
He assured party members that the fight against state capture in South Africa will be intensified this year.
He said initiatives like the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will receive maximum support from the ANC-led government, adding that the governing party will use the outcome of the State Capture Commission to demonstrate that it is serious about fighting corruption.
He said law enforcement agencies will also be supported.
“We are going to intensify our efforts to end state capture in all its forms. One of our resolution of the 54 Elective Conference was to ensure that there is an establishment of a commission of inquiry into state capture. We need to ensure that the findings and resolutions of the Zondo Commission are used to ensure that such activities are never allowed to happen again,” said Ramaphosa.
Ahead of the Local Government Elections this year, Ramaphosa said the party must deploy the most capable cadres to positions of responsibility in order to restore public confidence.
“The ANC must win public confidence by progressively meeting the needs of the people, accounting to com-munities, deploying the most capable cadres to positions of responsibility, managing public resources ethically and acknowledging weaknesses,” said Ramaphosa.
“This is the message that every ANC member should take to heart in 2021 as our country holds the sixth local government elections since democracy. We have to account to the people on the state of our municipalities, many of which are facing deep challenges of governance, stability, service delivery and financial management.”
During the 2016 Local Government Elections, the party lost several municipalities, including key metropolitan municipalities such as City of Tshwane, City of Joburg and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape.
Ramaphosa said the ANC has the potential to return to its glory days but only if they can root out corruption and infighting.
“It was these achievements that earned the ANC the confidence and trust of the people of our country. The trust that our people have invested in us should never be taken for granted,” he said.
“We know that to fulfil our role and discharge our responsibility, we must renew and rebuild our movement and ensure that it remains true to its founding values.”
(SOURCE: INSIDE POLITICS)