KZN MPLs: All-party backing for anti-graft motion

2010-09-10 00:00

DESPITE robust debate and comments bordering on name-calling, all parties in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature yesterday voiced their support of an anti-corruption motion put by the ANC MPL and SA Communist Party provincial secretary, Themba Mthembu.

The motion, among other things, welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s mandating of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to probe all suspected incidents of corruption.

“This bodes well for the fight against corruption and sends exactly the right message — that the fight against corruption will be vigorous and uncompromising and this effort will expose all potential for flawed tendering systems that effectively allows theft of money meant for the poor,” said Mthembu.

ANC MPL Mxolisi Kaunda critcised the media and opposition parties for “deliberately disregarding all the efforts” the government is making to fight corruption.

“Many efforts that have been put to fight corruption are yielding positive results and many arrests have been made in this regard,” Kaunda said.

He also commended Zuma for mandating the SIU to probe all suspected incidents of corruption.

Kaunda rejected suggestions that corruption is located in the ANC.

MEC for Finance Ina Cronje presented initiatives aimed at combating crime and corruption.

She emphasised that their strategy targets the prevention of fraud and corruption instead of reacting only after such offences have occurred.

Although members of the opposition supported the ANC’s motion, they raised concern about the willingness of the ANC government to act to eradicate corruption.

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