DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that failure or delays in clamping down on corruption could plunge South Africa into a rotten state.
“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 said, addressing the Limpopo Economic Summit in Polokwene on Friday. Ramaphosa’s visit to Limpopo against the backdrop of a groundswell against corruption allegedly involving President Jacob Zuma and some of his cabinet ministers, which was later highlighted in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s so called State Capture report released last week.
Ramaphosa commend Premier Stan Mathabatha for lifting Limpopo out of a financial crisis that resulted in the province being placed under administration in 2011. “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.” Ramaphosa acknowledged the global economic problems that have also been blamed for South Africa not being able to meet its growth targets but he said remained optimistic that solutions could be found. “South Africa is not the first country to confront the developmental challenges, there is much we can learn from countries, he said, adding that what was required was a decisive leadership that could deal with corruption. “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,” Ramaphosa said. “Attraction of investment is anchored on sound planning, stability and stewed leadership. If you want to attract investors, demonstrate that you can plan your economy, you can come up with strategies that will be to grow your economy and that you are able to grow your economy.”