We must deal with corruption or 'consign our people to poverty' – Ramaphosa

2017-09-08 17:41
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Supplied, GCIS)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Supplied, GCIS)

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Johannesburg – If South Africa does not deal with corruption, patronage and state capture, the country will not be able to transform economically, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"If we fail, as a country, to ensure the integrity of our public institutions, if we do not hold those responsible for public resources accountable, then we risk the erosion of the state and the economic damage that would inevitably accompany it," Ramaphosa said at the 22nd National Economic Development and Labour Council summit at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.

"Either we confront corruption decisively and deliberately, and thereby nurture the green shoots of an economic recovery, or we allow corrupt practices to continue unchecked and consign our people to poverty for generations to come."

He told those at the gathering to take a stand against corruption.

"We must take a stand as business, government, labour and community to end wrongdoing, punish those responsible and recover stolen resources."

Ramaphosa said, by demanding openness and transparency, "we must deepen democratic participation in governance in our country".

He said all South Africans should take an active interest in governance, and scrutinise performances in all sectors of society and economy.

He said South Africa had all the tools at its disposal to improve its fortunes.  

Meanwhile, outside Emperors Palace, members of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) gathered to protest.

The union’s secretary general, Zwelinzima Vavi, said members demanded to be included in Nedlac.

"They are trying to keep this an exclusive club of the club collaborators, cutting deals behind people’s backs."

He said Saftu rejected all the deals that were being made behind the backs of workers.

"They signed a deal of a minimum wage to set a salary of R20 an hour, which is R3 500 a month, which will come into effect in 2018. We think that this deal is completely insensitive to the realities that the workers are facing."

Vavi also said the real issues facing workers were not being addressed.

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