Corruption 'theft from the poor'

2010-03-29 13:35

Johannesburg - Corruption is theft from the poor, SA Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande said on Monday.

"It [corruption] undermines our efforts as a country to build a better life for all by diverting the country's resources away from the workers and the poor to that pocket of small elite," he said at the party's anti-corruption seminar.

He said that the department of higher education, of which he is the minister, was paying particular attention to fight corruption in institutions of higher learning because some rich people were bribing student leaders to campaign for them.

"For instance it has come to our attention that some of the legitimate struggles of students against the lack of adequate accommodation are being hijacked by some owners of large apartments who bribe student leaders to campaign for renting of a particular student accommodation as opposed to the other."

Congres of SA Trade Unions secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi was expected to address the seminar later on Monday.