ANALYSIS | Cyril Ramaphosa's fight against corruption can't be taken seriously while budgets are cut

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President Cyril Ramaphosa appears on behalf of the ANC at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.
President Cyril Ramaphosa appears on behalf of the ANC at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.
Themba Hadebe

President Cyril Ramaphosa likes to tell us that it's a priority for his administration to fight corruption. But the budget cuts to corruption-busting entities suggest otherwise, writes parliamentary reporter Jan Gerber.

"This administration has taken decisive steps to confront state capture and corruption," President Cyril Ramaphosa said last Thursday when he answered questions in the National Assembly, as he does at these types of things.

It was impossible not to roll your eyes and mutter dark curses when he said this, if you had followed the news about budget cuts for the institutions that are supposed to find the corrupt and make sure they end up behind bars.

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