Open Letter | ANC stalwarts and veterans ready to assist in fight against corruption

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

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The ANC stalwarts and veterans have penned an open letter to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa commending the party’s national executive council (NEC) for its commitment to fighting corruption, even within its own ranks.

The group also expressed its disgust at those linked to scandals and have availed its members to assist the ANC clean up corruption.

Here is the open letter:

Dear Comrade President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa and members of the NEC,

The stalwarts and veterans of the ANC write to express our appreciation for the NEC statement of August 4, following its meeting this past weekend.

We are encouraged by the commitment expressed by many in the NEC, led by comrade Ramaphosa, to decisively grasp the nettle of corruption that has almost fatally undermined the vision, values and structure of the ANC and which continues to cause serious damage to the South African economy and to society at large.

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The revulsion felt across society at the disgraceful frenzy of looting accompanying government’s financial support for efforts to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 is wholly justified. It builds on the wide condemnation of the ANC and government for the industrial-scale larceny visited on the country for well over a decade.

There is no governance framework that allows such patronage and comrades are urged to promote within the ANC and government an ethical standard that prohibits this practice.

We, therefore, could not agree more with the following sentiments expressed in the statement: “Ethical and moral leadership, in both the public and private sector, will be critical if our collective fight against corruption is to succeed. Leaders and members of the ANC are expected to set an example to society by displaying the highest levels of integrity and revolutionary consciousness.

“The moral standing of the ANC has been severely damaged by the conduct of some of its members – who, in fact, do not deserve to be in our ranks. We are committed to draw a clear line between our organisation and those who steal from the people, thereby subverting the very essence and reason for the ANC’s existence as a servant of the people.”

The daunting but vital undertaking to compile and submit to the NEC and national working committee a list of implicated parties within a month is most welcome and timely. It is an important step in eradicating the corruption and behaviour so at odds with the ethical expectations of an organisation that presumes to lead such a vast, diverse and special nation.

Taken together with the decision to enhance the capacity of both the disciplinary committee and the integrity commission, this commitment represents a step-change for the NEC, and long overdue implementation of the resolution of the 54th national conference.

Contentions by some that family members and private associates of office bearers are entitled to do business with the state must be rejected out of hand. There is no governance framework that allows such patronage and comrades are urged to promote within the ANC and government an ethical standard that prohibits this practice.

“The moral standing of the ANC has been severely damaged by the conduct of some of its members – who, in fact, do not deserve to be in our ranks.”
President Ramaphosa

We furthermore strongly support the call by the NEC that government establishes “a permanent multi-disciplinary agency to deal with all cases of white collar crime, organised crime and corruption.”

The dissolution of the Directorate of Special Operations, or Scorpions, in January 2009, coincided with an acceleration of corruption involving the highest offices of the ANC and the country. The re-establishment of such a multi-disciplinary agency is, therefore, past due.

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We keenly await the outcomes of the various undertakings of the NEC listed in the statement. We urge you and the NEC to act with resolve and we remain available to the NEC to assist in making these promises a reality.

We are mindful that after more than a decade of dashed hopes and damage to national life, the NEC promises much through these commitments.

Like you, we believe there can be no going back.

We remain,

Your comrades

Stalwarts and veterans of the ANC


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