Stop culture of corruption in our ranks – Motlanthe

2012-12-13 08:38

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Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has shied away from talking about his decision to contest the ANC presidency in Mangaung, focusing on the "culture of corruption" instead.

City Press yesterday reported that Motlanthe had accepted nomination by branches when the party's electoral commission called to confirm his availability for the position in Mangaung.

Speaking at the launch of the Moses Mauane Kotane Foundation at Liliesleaf in Rivonia last night, Motlanthe said the late SA Communist Party leader's life taught South Africans that "to aspire to lead the masses calls forth transparency, honesty, accountability, openness and to stand by one's word".

Kotane led the SACP from 1939 until his death in exile in 1978 . Motlanthe is a patron of the Kotane Foundation, along with the 100-year old widow of the communist leader.

"Few would disagree that if only half of us in the ANC and society could make the ideas for which Moses Kotane lived his entire adult life a way of life, our efforts at bringing about a united, non-racial, non-sexist, just and prosperous society could be realised within the wink of an eye.

"What I mean by this is that we should stop the culture of corruption that is creeping within our ranks, corroding our value system and undermining the memory of thousands of leaders such as Moses Kotane, who by virtue of their vision, have ensure that the ground is prepared for a free and democratic society we are taking for granted today," Motlanthe said.

He said the party should ask itself whether it had been able to produce cadres of Kotane's calibre to undo the legacy of apartheid and rebuild society "in the light of the vision Moses Kotane and his generation advanced".

"Have we created an environment that produces self-motivated,  selfless and committed individual cadres who can apply their minds on the defining issues of the day?

"Young leaders of all description cast in the mould of comrade Kotane should issue forth in this critical juncture to lead society into the future," he said.

"However, such leaders do not just materialise, they are nurtured and groomed to take over the baton when the time is right. Now more than ever our country is thirsting for transmission of the exalted values with which comrade Kotane's life was imbued," he said.

The foundation's focus areas include primary healthcare, poverty alleviation and rural development.

It's deputy chairperson, Brigalia Bam, thanked Motlanthe for attending, saying "we know these are challenging times for you".

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