Alliance to march against graft

2010-07-09 00:00

THE African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has welcomed a move by its allies Cosatu and the South African Communist Party to launch a rolling mass action against corruption, which is scheduled to be held next Saturday in Pietermaritzburg.

Cosatu’s secretary in Pietermaritzburg, Zimasile Giyama, said the provincial anti-corruption campaign will be launched with a protest march to the provincial legislature.

A memorandum will be handed over to the KZN Legislature speaker, Peggy Nkonyeni.

ANC provincial spokesperson Makhosi Khoza said the ANC welcomes the campaign.

Giyama said they will try to get a representative from the Chamber of Commerce and Business “as corruption is not only found in government, but also in the private sector”.

“To this end we have initiated a very successful alliance secretariat meeting which sought to include the ANC and Sanco [South African National Civics’ Organisation] in our mobilisation offensive,” Giyama said.

“There was a principled agreement that indeed corruption is a green-eyed monster that threatens the very essence of our national democratic revolution.

“For this reason, the alliance partners in their respective national congresses and conferences all have clear resolutions to combat the cancer of corruption in society.”

Giyama added that Cosatu is encouraged by the level of support received from the alliance for the campaign.

“We intend to work even harder to consolidate and align our programmes within the broader alliance even beyond the July 17 march.”

He encouraged Pietermaritzburg communities to join the mass action against corruption, which he called “the biggest threat to the dream of a better life for all”.

Khoza added that all fights against corruption must advance social development and improve the quality of citizens’ lives.

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