Now Ace next, Mr President

2019-05-29 06:02

CYRIL Ramaphosa in his election trail promised voters that corruption at all levels of government will be investigated. He also promised that perpetrators will face the full might of the law. He seems to be making good on his promises with the arrest of eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, who has been charged with corruption and released on bail.

Let’s hope the momentum is increased with the follow up arrest of Ace Magashule as numerous allegations of corruption are levelled against him in the explosive book Gangster State. The author is waiting in trepidation for Ace to open a charge against him so that the allegations can be tested in a court of law.

The author claims to have tangible evidence and paper trails of all the corrupt activities perpetrated by Ace in the book. He is willing to present this evidence.

President Ramaphosa needs to take up the challenge and charge Ace so his name can be cleared. As long as the status quo remains the same, Ace will always be stigmatised and this will forever be a blotch on the name of the ANC.

Dishonest elected officials who blatantly flout the trust given to them by the electorate with impunity must be watched like hawks so that not even a crevice is available for them to hide.

Corrupt government officials who raid the state coffers are sending a clear message to the poor that “I don’t care about your pain and suffering, continue living in squalor without running water and electricity and, more importantly, I am not in the least bit concerned about your impoverished status”.

Corrupt officials are saying in no uncertain terms that as long as I can steal your money and live a life of luxury at your expense, I don’t care about you.

It is this very culture of corruption in government that President Ramaphosa needs to expunge, for the sake of the unemployed, the marginalised and the poor.

VIJAY SURUJPAL Phoenix
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