Premier says Limpopo will root out corruption in honour of Mandela

2013-12-12 18:56

Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha has made an undertaking on behalf of his provincial government to root out corruption and enhance service delivery in honour of Nelson Mandela.

“We promise you Madiba, we’ll carry on your legacy of fighting unemployment, poverty and inequality. Our provincial government vows to you that we’ll leave no stone unturned in fighting fraud and corruption in all our departments and municipalities,” he said.

Mathabatha was addressing about 15 000 people who had packed the Peter Mokaba Stadium where Mandela’s provincial memorial service was held in Polokwane today.

Mathabatha was appointed by Zuma to lead Limpopo when the provincial government was on the verge of collapse amid looting of state coffers which led to a part of the government being placed under administration. Mathabatha has repeatedly vowed to make sure this does not happen again.

“We’re in the process of studying the report of the national intervention team appointed by national government to stabilise finances in this province and we’ll act on their recommendations. Working together with law enforcement agencies, we’ll begin acting on earlier recommendations and we’re resolute that heads will continue to roll for those whose hands are found in the tills of taxpayers. Related to this is our commitment to deliver basic services to our people,” he said.

Thousands of people came in buses and other modes of transport to join the world in mourning Mandela.

Addressing the service, mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu challenged those who had gathered to honour Mandela by taking the baton and working towards realising all his ideals.

“Those who are remaining on planet Earth have the responsibility to end the evil of unemployment, poverty and inequality for us to be able to fulfil the ideals of Madiba,” she said.

Shabangu urged ANC members to remain united so that people’s trust can remain with the ruling party.

“We need to ensure that our people retain their trust in our ability as the movement and its alliance to work towards carrying on with a modern version of the freedom struggle. People united can never be defeated by negative forces of disunity, divisions and derisions,” she said.

“Madiba said to us that the first thing he would do when he got to heaven was to ask the angels about the branch of the ANC because he believes in the ANC and that without it, we’d not be where we are today.

“Our dedication is to go to the branches of the ANC and make the 20th anniversary of South Africa a commitment to the ANC in continuing the struggle of economic freedom in our lifetime. If we can do that, Madiba will lie there in heaven with his comrades looking back at the work they have done and say, ‘Indeed our struggle was not in vain, our struggle has been emulated by those we left behind’.”

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