President Jacob Zuma has once again, assured South Africans that his government will root out all traces of corruption from the nation’s system before the end of his tenure.
Giving his reply to parliamentary questions from Congress of the People MP Diedre Carter on his comment about corruption in November 2015, Zuma said the Presidency is doing everything it can to fight corruption and “discourage those who may be tempted”.
Zuma was forced to recall his public comments at a cadres forum in Pietermaritzburg, where he said “The same people that are accusing me are the ones that are stealing, and I know exactly what they are stealing. I know exactly who they are.”
Carter, in his written question, requested Zuma to explain whether he had since reported any of the individuals that he claimed he knew “were stealing” from the State.
In his reply released January 10, Zuma said he was committed to doing even more to defeat the “scourge of corruption”, and that his Pietermaritzburg comments were made in the “spirit” of the successes they had had thus far.
“We do not only talk about fighting corruption, but we are doing something about it. The few cases I have mentioned [below] attest to the progress we are making.
“We will continue to speak out to discourage unethical behavior and to discourage those who may be tempted. The statement was made in that spirit.” Zuma said as he cites more than 27 proclamations signed since April 2013 which had resulted in the Special Investigating Unit recovering cash or assets to the value of R204m.
He also cited a number of contracts worth R755m which were also canceled following cases of corruption.
“Over the past three years, 32 people involved in corruption cases worth R3bn have been convicted. Fifty-eight people involved in fraud to the value of close to R200m were also convicted,” he continued.
Zuma said he felt a lot of good work had been done to destroy corruption and had instructed the Anti-Corruption Task Team to work tirelessly to root out corruption at all levels of the public services.