You don’t have to sit around and wail about the cancer of corruption in South Africa.
You don’t just have to refer to the said cancer with the ‘anc’ therein stressed.
The ruling party has invited all South African to take a “decisive and sustained action…against the cancer of corruption” plaguing the country.
ANC made the invitation while it was responding to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) presented yesterday by the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.
In a media statement, the party reiterated Gordhan’s call for all structures to work together towards generating an inclusive growth for all.
The party acknowledged that it is only through unity in action that the nation can realize socio-economic freedom.
With that, it stated that the realization of socio-economic freedom requires “decisive and sustained action by all against the cancer of corruption which continues to undermine the gains we are making and distracts us from our shared goals.
“The foundation of resilience that we have built as an economy needs, particularly the private sector, to play a greater and more constructive role by investing in the aspirations and potential of the South African people and economy.
“The South African economy remains resilient and on a firm footing, albeit in a constrained economic environment. Working together we can build on the foundation we have already laid to realize the levels of delivery we would like to see, the progressive change we need and the inclusive economic growth that contributes to the creation of a better life for all the people of South Africa,” added the party.
Aside that, ANC indicated that it is pleased the government is committed to fiscal consolidation balanced by the need for adequate financing of South Africa’s transformation agendas designed to benefit the poor and working class.
ANC said the National Treasury responded well to the higher education funding crisis.
“The commitment of an additional R9 billion to higher education funding” it said, “is a significant leap forward in our quest for the progressive realization of free education for the poor.”
Thus, ANC praised the Minister of Finance for delivering a “pragmatic and confidence instilling” MTBPS. To them, the budget policy statement focused on inclusive growth and highlighted education as the government’s top priority.