Editorial | We demand accountability now

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What Covid-19 has not done is put a stop to rampant pigs feeding at the public trough. Picture: iStock
What Covid-19 has not done is put a stop to rampant pigs feeding at the public trough. Picture: iStock

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South Africa is broke. Ask the finance minister. He’ll break it down in simple terms – national debt is ballooning; we can’t sell bonds due to our “junk” status according to ratings agencies and growth is, well, almost nonexistent.

As it stands, we are facing tax increases to pay for the Covid-19 vaccine or we will have to borrow more to cover the cost. We all know Covid-19 has dented our public finances. It has also eroded our personal finances.

What it has not done is put a stop to rampant pigs feeding at the public trough. Not even a global pandemic seems to be able to stop the pigs. They just keep gorging on that which does not belong to them.

First we were rocked by the looting of personal protective equipment funds in health departments. We were disgusted and outraged, yet no one is in jail. No money has been recovered. There were suspensions, but no jail. No trials. No accountability.

This week, it came to light that the Gauteng education department spent R431 million to deep-clean schools across the province – R260 million in October alone. This is certainly wasteful, irregular and, most likely, corrupt.

We are tired of a financially incompetent government. We are tired of those who – even as a global pandemic rages and kills mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters – continue to loot.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi expressed concern. This is unacceptable. We want more than concern, Sir. We want wasted resources recovered; we want prosecution of the pigs.

We are tired of a financially incompetent government. We are tired of those who – even as a global pandemic rages and kills mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters – continue to loot.

Where is the accountability of our elected officials? What kind of democracy are they building? What sense of public duty do they serve? Do they believe the country’s purse to be their personal account?

We are doomed if something does not change. We are doomed if the political elite continue to sit on their hands. We demand accountability NOW!


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