ANC welcomes 'state capture' report, promises action

2016-11-03 17:24
Zizi Kodwa (Herman Verwey, Netwerk24)

Zizi Kodwa (Herman Verwey, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The African National Congress has called on all its leaders to remain vigilant “against interests that would seek to use proximity to the ANC and its deployed cadres for the pursuit of selfish interests”.

Welcoming the release of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on state capture, the party on Thursday said it provided a concrete basis for the ANC and society in general to discuss the allegations contained in it and deal with its outcomes.

The report was released on Wednesday after President Jacob Zuma withdrew his application to interdict its release.

“The ANC has long considered allegations of state capture as an attack on our democratic architecture and an anti-thesis of the values held dear by the ANC," ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"It is for this reason, the ANC would have brought this matter to the public domain, established our own mechanism to seek a resolution, as we considered the matter as acknowledged by the Public Protector, ‘worthy of examination or scrutiny’."

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READ: #StateCaptureReport: Key players, violations and what’s next

The country now had greater clarity concerning relationships that those in government and state owned enterprises interacting with capital and private interests should be wary of, Kodwa said.

The party said it was pleased with the activism that civil society had shown in joining the fight against corruption.

“We trust that the same vigour and commitment will be harnessed and directed to the very important project of fundamental socio-economic transformation, deracialising our economy and the creation of a justice and equitable society which needs all of us, including captains of industry, to pull toward.”

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The party would be taking concrete action to expose and root out corruption where it reared its head, the ANC said.

This included reiterating the decision to introduce lifestyle audits for all leaders of the ANC at all levels of the organisation.

“The ANC calls on all its members to remain uncompromisingly intolerant of corruption and the abuse of state power in any form.”

Branches of the party must reach out to all sectors of society and unite the people of South Africa, Kodwa said.

“Ours is to continue to uphold the values of a revolutionary movement, deliver on our commitment to serve and never betray or undermine the trust of our people.”

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