Open Letter to Secretary General of ANC in regard to addressing issues of integrity
It is my great concern to the movement that I love to see it being attacked recently and frequently from all corners on the same issue of corruption and lack of integrity; hence I write this letter to Secretary General for consideration.
One problem that we are facing today as ANC is of course, an ethical one. Concerns at the heart of the problem is the assumption that our ANC public representatives have no real duty to the public good when it comes to spending public money; that public office negates any moral consideration about how that money is spent or, indeed, any introspection on whether the existing rules and regulations are enough and been adhered to. Ethical conduct on most of our deployed Cadres has become a daily attack on their morality. Former African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe was once quoted in 2007 as saying the following about its relationship to corruption: "This rot is across the board. It’s not confined to any level or any area of the country. Almost every project is conceived because it offers opportunities for certain people to make money."
I personally belief that the ANC leadership has not made enough effort to correct the evils of the past in regard to the cancer of lack of ethical conduct as the public and our detractors attack us daily on continuing corruption, incompetence and sloth. It is like we are not making enough effort to instil morality or integrity in any form. My ANC with integrity has potential of mobilising the South African people across the racial, gender and class divides to follow the vision of our ancestral freedom fighters comrades by encapsulating some of the ANC pillars being deepening our democracy, the culture of human rights and people´s participation in changing their lives for the better, transforming the state, meeting basic needs and developing human resources, building the economy and creating jobs, combating crime, but as long as we work hard to combat corruption.
My ANC, as a disciplined force that is a bias towards the poor, and also a broad church that is a home to all and by combating “rampant” corruption among ANC leaders, we will be able to do more to serve the poor. We need to strengthen the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority. Ethical culture and discipline of our movement should be a priority if we want to increase the margin of percentage of our votes in the coming election. Otherwise the social revolution by our masses will ensure ANC gets punished for its corruption and greed and truly the poor will be the punishers. May I make a call to the Secretary General (SG) to have further consideration with our ANC leaders to discuss this matter mainly to strengthen strategies to improve the ethical conduct of deployed cadres in government, promotion of servant leadership, including reviewing and streaming the Cabinet Inter-Ministerial Committee on corruption, empowering the Special Investigating Unit and Anti-Corruption Task Team led by the Hawks and any other means of initiation to reduce corruption.
It is clear that the attack is mainly on comrades that are directly charged with serving our people through their duties as public servants or public representatives. Furthermore, may I request the SG to make a call to my ANC to continue saluting those servants’ comrades who do their jobs with distinction, good moral conduct, dedication and commitment. It is our ANC language to be mindful of the fact that it is only through all our people working together that we will create a better life for all.
By Matthews Bantsijang
(This letter serve as my personal opinion in regard to issues relating to the growth of the real democratic movement of South Africa, ANC)