Speaking during the Limpopo Provincial Economic Summit in Polokwane, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that corruption is the cankerworm eating deep into the country’s ailing economy and must be dealt with as soon as possible.
Ramaphosa highlighted the features of good governance, and in addition, called on all South Africans to get rid of the monster called corruption before it spreads out of control.
“Good governance must mean that we have cut our links with corruption. Good governance must mean that we have rooted out people who are corrupt,” he told the summit.
“Good governance means that when we see corruption, we must act on it without any delay, because delaying actions against corruption brings cancer, and make it bigger, and bigger, and bigger.”
The Limpopo Provincial Economic Summit aims at bringing the government and business sectors together. As a result, they can join forces in order to try and find ways of emancipating the economy.
Thus, grabbing the opportunity, Ramaphosa called on government and business leaders to find ways to fight corruption. According to the deputy president, today’s summit should look at addressing the quality and depth of leaders within the public and private sectors. This can be achieved by adhering to the National Development Plan.
It will be agreed that a partnership between the two sectors is of paramount importance for the country’s development.
Nevertheless, Ramaphosa acknowledged the fact that South Africa was not the first country to encounter developmental challenges. But, when the situation calls for it, decisive leadership that will be able to deal with corruption will be needed, he added.
“We want leadership that is committed to the people of our country, leadership that will not be found wanting in any respect whatsoever, and leadership that inspires confidence.”
Notably, Ramaphosa’s speech on corruption came after the release of “State of Capture” report prepared by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.